verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of offend
Synonyms for offend
Antonyms for offend
Examples from the Web for non-offender
Contemporary Examples of non-offender
And in some cases—as with that of a sex offender husband and his non-offender wife—Book has already found housing.Stimulus Dollars for Sex Offenders?
September 4, 2009
Word Origin for offend
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.