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offend

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1 to commit an offense
  • Since this is the first time you've offended, we'll let you off lightly.
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break the law, fall from grace

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2 to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment in
  • The visitor unintentionally offended his hosts terribly by failing to compliment them on the elaborately prepared meal.
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3 to fail to keep
  • The careless job offended the standards she had set for herself.
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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


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