Definitions for: Offend


[v] cause to feel resentment or indignation; "Her tactless remark offended me"
[v] hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised me ego"
[v] strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"
[v] act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"



Webster (1913) Definition: Of*fend, 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.

Synonyms: appal, appall, breach, break, bruise, go against, hurt, infract, injure, outrage, pique, scandalise, scandalize, shock, spite, transgress, violate, wound

See Also: abase, affront, anger, arouse, blunder, boob, chagrin, churn up, conflict, contravene, disgust, disrespect, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, goof, humble, humiliate, infringe, insult, intrude, kindle, lacerate, mortify, nauseate, provoke, raise, resent, revolt, run afoul, sicken, sin, sting, trespass

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