offend

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verb of·fend \ə-ˈfend\

Definition of offend

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to transgress (see transgress transitive 1) the moral or divine law :  sin if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive — William Shakespeareb :  to violate a law or rule :  do wrong offend against the law

  3. 2a :  to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury took off his shoe and removed the offending pebbleb :  to cause dislike, anger, or vexation thoughtless words that offend needlessly

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1a :  violate, transgress a contract not offending a statute … might still be in restraint of trade — C. A. Cookeb :  to cause pain to :  hurt tasteless billboards that offend the eye

  6. 2 obsolete :  to cause to sin or fall

  7. 3 :  to cause (a person or group) to feel hurt, angry, or upset by something said or done was offended by their language She carefully worded her comments so as not to offend anyone.

offender

noun

Examples of offend in a Sentence

  1. His comments about minority groups offended many of us.

  2. She had carefully worded her comments so as not to offend anyone.

  3. It offends me that you would make such a remark.

  4. Don't worry. I wasn't offended.

  5. I felt a little offended by their lack of respect.

  6. Some people are offended by the song's lyrics.

  7. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend you.

  8. I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend.

Origin and Etymology of offend

Middle English, from Anglo-French offendre, from Latin offendere to strike against, offend, from ob- against + -fendere to strike — more at ob-, defend


First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of offend

offend, outrage, affront, insult mean to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment. offend need not imply an intentional hurting but it may indicate merely a violation of the victim's sense of what is proper or fitting. hoped that my remarks had not offended her outrage implies offending beyond endurance and calling forth extreme feelings. outraged by their accusations affront implies treating with deliberate rudeness or contemptuous indifference to courtesy. deeply affronted by his callousness insult suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame. insulted every guest at the party


OFFEND Defined for English Language Learners

offend

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verb of·fend \ə-ˈfend\

Definition of offend for English Language Learners

  • : to cause (a person or group) to feel hurt, angry, or upset by something said or done

  • : to be unpleasant to (someone or something)

  • : to do wrong : to be against what people believe is acceptable or proper


OFFEND Defined for Kids

offend

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verb of·fend \ə-ˈfend\

Definition of offend for Students

offended

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offending

  1. 1 :  to hurt the feelings of or insult She uses language that offends people.

  2. 2 :  to do wrong Is the released prisoner likely to offend again?


Law Dictionary

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intransitive verb of·fend \ə-ˈfend\

Legal Definition of offend

  1. :  to commit an offense

offender

noun


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