[ uh-fend ]
/ əˈfɛnd /
verb (used with object)
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.
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
ANTONYMS FOR offend
OTHER WORDS FROM offend
of·fend·a·ble, adjectiveof·fend·ed·ly, adverbof·fend·ed·ness, nounof·fend·er, noun
half-of·fend·ed, adjectivenon·of·fend·er, nouno·ver·of·fend, verb (used with object)pre·of·fend, verb (used with object)re·of·fend, verbun·of·fend·a·ble, adjectiveun·of·fend·ed, adjectiveun·of·fend·ing, adjective
Words nearby offend
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British Dictionary definitions for reoffend (1 of 2)
/ (ˈriːəˌfɛnd) /
to commit another offence
Derived forms of reoffendreoffender, noun
British Dictionary definitions for reoffend (2 of 2)
/ (əˈfɛnd) /
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 offendoffender, 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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