verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of offend
Examples from the Web for offended
I did so, and he explained that he did not mean to be inappropriate and he was sorry if I was offended.
“It offended doctors and even some people in the government,” he says.Was Flying Hero Doctor With Ebola to the U.S. the Wrong Call?|Abby Haglage|November 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
No doubt, the Italians would have been offended if he had chosen to marry anywhere else.
He said he was also offended by the “unthinkable” hairstyles of some of the players in Brazil.Russian Priest: Multi-Colored Cleats Make World Cup a ‘Homosexual Abomination’|Nico Hines|July 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
At one point, Valle offered an apology to anybody who had been “hurt, shocked or offended by my infantile actions.”
His work at Cambridge so offended the students that they at one time broke up the services.A Budget of Paradoxes, Volume I (of II)|Augustus De Morgan
Whatever I do, there is someone to be annoyed and offended at the act.The Locusts' Years|Mary Helen Fee
It offended verisimilitude, like the pretended anxiety of Robinson Crusoe and others to escape from uninhabited islands.Across the Plains|Robert Louis Stevenson
But he was offended at her urgency, and assured her that he was not hungry.
For the Marquess died, and the man whom Ringan had offended succeeded to the title and estates.Highways and Byways in The Border|Andrew Lang
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.