verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of offend
Examples from the Web for offend
And could the word "Russkiy," or 'Russian', offend ethnically non-Russian citizens around the country?Rebranding The Land of Mongol Warriors & Ivan The Terrible|Anna Nemtsova|December 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Worried this might turn people off from his performance, Khan said he didn't intend to offend anyone.Defying Stereotypes, Young Muslim Writers Find Community Onstage|Julianne Chiaet|October 12, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But Alex Rubin cannot afford to offend any of the media willing to cover safely dead dissidents.
“This show is not an exercise to offend people,” McGruder countered.‘Black Jesus’ Resurrected: Racial Stereotypes or Subversive Comedy?|Rawiya Kameir|August 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
That awkward moment when you wonder not just “Who did I just offend?”
The effect is singular, and, at the first moment, seems to offend.The Argosy|Various
Let us make both of them smile, if we can, and endeavour to offend neither.The Attache|Thomas Chandler Haliburton
Do not press me on that point, if you please, I might astonish and offend you.The Memories of Fifty Years|William H. Sparks
That sentence need not offend an admirer of Walt Whitman, for he "accepts both theism and the doctrine of the future life."The Greatest English Classic|Cleland Boyd McAfee
That might be safer—but also it would mar the climacteric effect and so offend his sense of artistic fitness.Destiny|Charles Neville Buck
British Dictionary definitions for offend
Word Origin for offend
Word Origin and History 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.