He wrote again, in an unoffended business like tone, suggesting that he had better draw at three days.
She was nonchalant and smiling; he was easy, unoffended, admirably the fine gentleman.
You feel that Napoleon's spirit might walk the place, and read the hearts of those who should visit it, unoffended.
unoffended by such demands, Marshall was deeply chagrined by other and entirely just criticisms.
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.