And even if details emerge, to damage him, they must be details that offend specifically conservative cultural sensibilities.
But Paul said he did not wish to offend the governor, noting, “He might raise my taxes or something.”
It struck me as motivated by his longstanding desire to offend liberal sensibility, at which pursuit he succeeded.
It warned attendees not to offend African and Arab immigrants by guessing their country of origin.
And who has been afraid for two years, or more, lest he offend Rush Limbaugh and Fox.
The honors heaped upon Giordano by the Marquess of Heliche, compelled him to neglect and offend other patrons.
He will hide His Word in your heart that you offend not against Him.
I do not recollect to have said any thing of you that could offend,—certainly, nothing intentionally.
They are probably—but perhaps I offend you in talking this way.
More obnoxious than Chinese stenchpots are these dispositions which offend the spiritual sense.
early 14c., "to sin against (someone)," from Old French ofendre "transgress, antagonize," and directly from Latin offendere "to hit, strike against," figuratively "to stumble, commit a fault, displease, trespass against, provoke," from ob "against" (see ob-) + -fendere "to strike" (found only in compounds; see defend).
Meaning "to violate (a law), to make a moral false step, to commit a crime" is from late 14c. Meaning "to wound the feelings" is from late 14c. The literal sense of "to attack, assail" is attested from late 14c.; this has been lost in Modern English, but is preserved in offense and offensive. Related: Offended; offending.