offend

offend
of|fend [əˈfend] v
[Date: 1300-1400; : Old French; Origin: offendre, from Latin offendere 'to strike against, offend']
1.) [I and T]
to make someone angry or upset by doing or saying something that they think is rude, unkind etc
His remarks deeply offended many Scottish people.
be offended by/at sth
Liddy was offended by such a personal question.
The careful language is designed not to offend.
2.) [T]
to seem bad or unacceptable to someone
A solution must be found that doesn't offend too many people.
Some of these new buildings really offend the eye (=look very ugly) .
3.) [i]formal
to commit a crime or crimes
Many of the young men here are likely to offend again.
4.) [I and T] formal
to be against people's feelings of what is morally acceptable
offend against
Broadcasters have a responsibility not to offend against good taste and decency.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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  • Offend — 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.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offend — of‧fend [əˈfend] verb 1. [intransitive] LAW to do something that is a crime: • What can be done to stop criminals offending again? 2. [intransitive, transitive] to make someone angry or upset: • The advertisement was never intended to offend… …   Financial and business terms

  • Offend — Of*fend , v. i. 1. To transgress the moral or divine law; to commit a crime; to stumble; to sin. [1913 Webster] Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. James ii. 10. [1913 Webster] If it be a sin to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offend — offend, outrage, affront, insult mean to cause vexation or resentment or damage to self respect. One offends by displeasing another, by hurting his feelings, or by violating his sense of what is proper or fitting {if the First Amendment means… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • offend — I (insult) verb abuse, affront, anger, annoy, be discourteous, be impolite, chagrin, displease, distress, disturb, embarrass, enrage, gall, horrify, hurt, incense, inflame, infuriate, injure, irk, irritate, laedere, madden, make angry, mortify,… …   Law dictionary

  • offend — [ə fend′] vi. [ME offenden < OFr offendre < L offendere, to strike against < ob (see OB ) + fendere, to hit, strike: see DEFEND] 1. to break a law, religious commandment, etc.; commit a sin or crime 2. to create resentment, anger, or… …   English World dictionary

  • offend — (v.) early 14c., to sin against (someone), from O.Fr. offendre, from L. offendere strike against, stumble, commit a fault, displease, from ob against + fendere to strike (found only in compounds). Meaning to violate (a law), to make a moral false …   Etymology dictionary

  • offend — [v] displease, insult affront, aggrieve, anger, annoy, antagonize, be disagreeable, disgruntle, disgust, disoblige, distress, disturb, exasperate, fret, gall, horrify, hurt, irritate, jar, miff, nauseate, nettle, outrage, pain, pique, provoke,… …   New thesaurus

  • offend — ► VERB 1) cause to feel hurt or resentful. 2) be displeasing to. 3) commit an act that is illegal or that goes against an accepted principle. DERIVATIVES offender noun. ORIGIN Latin offendere strike against …   English terms dictionary

  • offend — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French offendre, from Latin offendere to strike against, offend, from ob against + fendere to strike more at ob , defend Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to transgress the moral or divine law ; …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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