verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of offend
Synonyms for offend
Antonyms for offend
Examples from the Web for reoffend
Contemporary Examples of reoffend
A parent who has lost one child to a mishandled gun seems pretty unlikely to reoffend.Some Things Are Beyond Punishment
June 25, 2013
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.