- (transitive) To hurt the feelings of; to displease; to make angry; to insult.
- Your accusations offend me deeply.
- 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 6, in The China Governess:
- ‘ […] I remember a lady coming to inspect St. Mary's Home where I was brought up and seeing us all in our lovely Elizabethan uniforms we were so proud of, and bursting into tears all over us because “it was wicked to dress us like charity children”. We nearly crowned her we were so offended. She saw us but she didn't know us, did she?’.
- 1995 September, “The Playboy Interview: Cindy Crawford”, in Playboy:
- One day my girlfriend, her boyfriend and I were sunbathing topless because that's Barbados - you can wear nothing if you want. And the Pepsi guy walks up and with my agent to meet us for lunch. I wondered if I should put on my top because I have a business relationship with him. I didn't want him to get offended because the rest of the beach had seen me with my top off.
- (intransitive) To feel or become offended; to take insult.
- Don't worry. I don't offend easily.
- (transitive) To physically harm, pain.
- Strong light offends the eye.
- (transitive) To annoy, cause discomfort or resent.
- Physically enjoyable frivolity can still offend the conscience
- (intransitive) To sin, transgress divine law or moral rules.
- (transitive) To transgress or violate a law or moral requirement.
- (obsolete, transitive, archaic, biblical) To cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall.
- 1896, Adolphus Frederick Schauffler, Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons, W. A. Wilde company, page 161:
- "If any man offend not (stumbles not, is not tripped up) in word, the same is a perfect man."
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:offend.
- See also Thesaurus:offend
Derived terms Edit
Related terms Edit
to hurt the feelings
to physically harm, pain
to transgress or violate a law or moral requirement
sin — see sin
to annoy, cause discomfort or resent
to feel or become offended
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Further reading Edit
- “offend”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam, 1913, →OCLC.
- “offend”, in The Century Dictionary […], New York, N.Y.: The Century Co., 1911, →OCLC.