- to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in: Even the hint of prejudice offends me.
- to affect (the sense, taste, etc.) disagreeably.
- to violate or transgress (a criminal, religious, or moral law).
- to hurt or cause pain to.
- (in Biblical use) to cause to fall into sinful ways.
- 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.
Origin of offend
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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.‘I Saved My Friend From Bill Cosby’
December 3, 2014
“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?
November 17, 2014
No doubt, the Italians would have been offended if he had chosen to marry anywhere else.An Affair to Remember for George and Amal
Barbie Latza Nadeau
September 29, 2014
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’
July 8, 2014
At one point, Valle offered an apology to anybody who had been “hurt, shocked or offended by my infantile actions.”Why NYPD Couldn’t Cook The ‘Cannibal Cop’
July 2, 2014
I know it is a strange thing to ask you, but I hope you will not be offended.Life in London
"I was afraid I had offended you or displeased you," she said.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Gypsy would have nothing to do with her, and sniffed the air with offended dignity.In the Midst of Alarms
Indeed, I fear that assailing none, I may have offended all.The Story of the Malakand Field Force
Sir Winston S. Churchill
And with an air of offended dignity she passed them, and quitted the room.Tales And Novels, Volume 3 (of 10)
- 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)
Word Origin and History for offended
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.