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Meaning of offend by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Latin offendō ( “strike, blunder, commit an offense” ), from ob ( “against” ) + *fendō ( “strike” ) .


    • ( UK, US ) IPA: /əˈfɛnd/
    • Rhymes: -ɛnd


    offend ( third-person singular simple present offends present participle offending, simple past and past participle offended )

    1. ( transitive ) To hurt the feelings of; to displease; to make angry; to insult .
      Your accusations offend me deeply .
    2. ( intransitive ) To feel or become offended, take insult .
      Don't worry. I don't offend easily .
    3. ( transitive ) To physically harm, pain
      Strong light offends the eye .
    4. ( transitive ) To annoy, cause discomfort or resent .
      Physically enjoyable frivolity can still offend the conscience
    5. ( intransitive ) To sin, transgress divine law or moral rules
    6. ( transitive ) To transgress or violate a law or moral requirement .
    7. ( obsolete, transitive, archaic, biblical ) To cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall.



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    • offend in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
    • offend in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911

Explanation of offend by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. cause to feel resentment or indignation

    2. Her tactless remark offended me
    3. hurt the feelings of

    4. strike with disgust or revulsion

    5. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

    6. offend all laws of humanity

    Definition of offend by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Offend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Offended; p. pr. & vb. n. Offending.] [OF. offendre, L. offendere, offensum; ob ( see Ob- ) + fendere ( in comp. ) to thrust, dash. See Defend.]
      1. To strike against; to attack; to assail. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney.

      2. To displease; to make angry; to affront.

      A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city. Prov. xviii. 19.

      3. To be offensive to; to harm; to pain; to annoy; as, “strong light offends the eye; to offend the conscience.”

      4. To transgress; to violate; to sin against. [Obs.]

      Marry, sir, he hath offended the law. Shak.

      5. ( Script. ) To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall. [Obs.]

      Who hath you misboden or offended. Chaucer.

      If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out . . . And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off. Matt. v. 29, 3O.

      Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them. Ps. cxix. 165.

    2. Offend, v. i.
      1. To transgress the moral or divine law; to commit a crime; to stumble; to sin.

      Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James ii. 10.

      If it be a sin to covet honor,

      I am the most offending soul alive. Shak.

      2. To cause dislike, anger, or vexation; to displease.

      I shall offend, either to detain or give it. Shak.

      To offend against, to do an injury or wrong to; to commit an offense against. “We have offended against the Lord already.” 2 Chron. xxviii. 13.