offend

[ uh-fend ]
/ əˈfɛnd /

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

to cause resentful displeasure; irritate, annoy, or anger: a remark so thoughtless it can only offend.
to err in conduct; commit a sin, crime, or fault.

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Origin of offend

1275–1325; Middle English offenden<Middle French offendre<Latin offendere to strike against, displease, equivalent to of-of- + -fendere to strike

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British Dictionary definitions for offend

offend
/ (əˈfɛnd) /

verb

to hurt the feelings, sense of dignity, etc, of (a person)
(tr) to be disagreeable to; disgustthe smell offended him
(intr except in archaic uses) to break (a law or laws in general)

Derived forms of offend

offender, nounoffending, adjective

Word Origin for offend

C14: via Old French offendre to strike against, from Latin offendere, from ob- against + fendere to strike
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