Definition of Offend

1. Verb. Cause to feel resentment or indignation. "The performance is likely to offend Sue"; "Her tactless remark offended me"

Exact synonyms: Pique
Causes: Resent
Generic synonyms: Anger
Derivative terms: Offence, Offensive, Offensive, Pique

2. Verb. Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises. "Break a promise"

3. Verb. Strike with disgust or revulsion. "The performance is likely to offend Sue"; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"

4. Verb. Hurt the feelings of. "Sam cannot offend Sue "; "This remark really bruised my ego"
Exact synonyms: Bruise, Hurt, Injure, Spite, Wound
Specialized synonyms: Affront, Diss, Insult, Lacerate, Sting, Abase, Chagrin, Humble, Humiliate, Mortify
Generic synonyms: Arouse, Elicit, Enkindle, Evoke, Fire, Kindle, Provoke, Raise
Derivative terms: Offence, Offense, Offensive, Offensive, Spite, Spite

Definition of Offend

1. v. t. To strike against; to attack; to assail.

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

Definition of Offend

1. Verb. (transitive) To hurt the feelings of; to displease; to make angry; to insult. ¹

2. Verb. (intransitive) To feel or become offended, take insult. ¹

3. Verb. (transitive) To physically harm, pain ¹

4. Verb. (transitive) To annoy, cause discomfort or resent. ¹

5. Verb. (intransitive) To sin, transgress divine law or moral rules ¹

6. Verb. (transitive) To transgress or violate a law or moral requirement. ¹

7. Verb. (obsolete transitive archaic biblical) To cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall. ¹

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Definition of Offend

1. to commit an offense [v -ED, -ING, -S]

Medical Definition of Offend

1. 1. To strike against; to attack; to assail. 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. "Marry, sir, he hath offended the law." (Shak) 5. To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall. "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) Origin: OF. Offendre, L. Offendere, offensum; ob (see Ob-) + fendere (in comp) to thrust, dash. See Defend. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Literary usage of Offend

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1. The Works of the English Poets, from Chaucer to Cowper: Including the Series by Alexander Chalmers, Samuel Johnson (1810)
"And if that I offend, or wilfully By pomp of herte your precept ... And there ye bid me, you correct and bete, f ye offend, nay that may not be done, ..."

2. The Library of Literary Criticism of English and American Authors by Charles Wells Moulton (1901)
"If they will tell the truth, they offend men ; if they write what is false, they offend God." Intensely patriotic, he displays a strong bias against foreign ..."

3. Sermons: Preached at Trinity Chapel, Brighton by Frederick William Robertson (1861)
"Wherefore if meat make my brother to offend I will cat no flesh while the world standeth, lest I make my brother to offend." WE have already divided ..."

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