Thesaurus

offend

verb

Synonyms and Antonyms of offend

  1. 1 to commit an offense since this is the first time you've offended, we'll let you off lightly Synonyms of offend err, fall, sin, stray, transgress, trespass, wander Words Related to offend breach, break, infringe, violate; backslide, lapse; mess up Phrases break the law, fall from grace Near Antonyms of offend forgive, justify, pardon; regret, repent, rue

  2. 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 Synonyms of offend affront, dis (also diss) [slang], disrespect, insult, outrage, slap, slight, woundWords Related to offend cut, snub; displease, distress, disturb, hurt, miff, pain, trouble, upset; jeer, mock, ridicule, sneer (at), taunt; defame, disparage, libel, malign, revile, slander, slur, smear; oppress, persecute, torment, tortureNear Antonyms of offend acclaim, applaud, approve, hail; commend, compliment, eulogize, praise; adulate, flatter, sweet-talk; exalt, glorify, honor; delight, gratify, please, satisfy

  3. 3 to fail to keep keeping company without a chaperone present definitely would have offended the social standards of the day Synonyms of offend breach, break, contravene, fracture, infringe, violate, traduce, transgressWords Related to offend disobey, rebel; blow off, brush (off), disregard, flout, ignore, neglect, overlook, overpass, pass over, slight, tune out, wink (at); dismiss, pooh-pooh (also pooh), scorn, shrug off; defy, resist, withstandNear Antonyms of offend defer (to), serve, submit (to), surrender (to), yield (to); attend, hear, heed, listen (to), mark, note, notice, regard, watchAntonyms of offend comply (with), conform (to), follow, mind, obey, observe

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


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