give/cause offense

idiom
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of give/cause offense

: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

give play
  1. : to make a present of

  2. : to grant or bestow by formal action

  3. : to accord or yield to another

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

  2. : the ability of a material to bend or stretch

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

  2. : something that brings about an effect or a result

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

  1. : to serve as a cause or occasion of

  2. : to compel by command, authority, or force

offense play
  1. : an act of stumbling

  2. : a cause or occasion of sin : stumbling block

  3. : something that outrages the moral or physical senses


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