- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for offend on Thesaurus.com
Examples from the Web for offender
That needs to be the rule, the universal standard, regardless of whether the offender is a Republican or a Democrat.In Kentucky, Elaine Chao Endures Racist Attacks From Liberals
August 5, 2014
Edwards would be a first offender who, yes, abused his power, but also led a life of public service.John Edwards Indictment Preview
May 26, 2011
Serious problems with laws, policies, and practices persist and can compromise victim safety and offender accountability.Dominique Strauss-Kahn's Case Already a Victory for Our Legal System
May 19, 2011
Less than a week later, the offender was sent to Camp Lejune and subsequently deployed for Iraq.Gates, Rumsfeld Sued Over U.S. Military's Rape Epidemic
February 15, 2011
When the public sympathizes with an offender, there's less political will to file charges.Was Tiger a Victim?
November 30, 2009
And yet, if the law is strictly interpreted, the offender is liable.Flying Machines
W.J. Jackman and Thos. H. Russell
Eve knew that the offender had been there too, but she had too much prudence to betray him.
"Command the offender to quit your ship instantly," said John Effingham firmly.
In this case their duty was to turn the offender out at the door.
The babies looked upon the back of the offender as shown in the picture.Lotus Buds
- 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 offender
mid-15c., agent noun from offend (v.). Earlier was offendour (early 15c.), from Anglo-French.
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.