give/cause offense

Definition of give/cause offense

  1. :  to cause a person or group to feel hurt, angry, or upset by something said or done She didn't mean to give/cause offense.

Word by Word Definitions

  1. :  to make a present of

    :  to grant or bestow by formal action

    :  to accord or yield to another

  1. :  capacity or tendency to yield to force or strain :  flexibility

    :  the ability of a material to bend or stretch

  1. :  a reason for an action or condition :  motive

    :  something that brings about an effect or a result

    :  a person or thing that is the occasion of an action or state

  1. :  to serve as a cause or occasion of

    :  to compel by command, authority, or force

  1. :  an act of stumbling

    :  a cause or occasion of sin :  stumbling block

    :  something that outrages the moral or physical senses

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