verb (used with object)

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.

Nearby words

  1. offboard,
  2. offcast,
  3. offcut,
  4. offenbach,
  5. offence,
  6. offender,
  7. offending,
  8. offense,
  9. offenseless,
  10. offensive

Origin of offend

1275–1325; Middle English offenden < Middle French offendre < Latin offendere to strike against, displease, equivalent to of- of- + -fendere to strike

1. please.

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Examples from the Web for unoffended

  • She was nonchalant and smiling; he was easy, unoffended, admirably the fine gentleman.

    Audrey|Mary Johnston
  • Unoffended by such demands, Marshall was deeply chagrined by other and entirely just criticisms.

  • He wrote again, in an unoffended business like tone, suggesting that he had better draw at three days.

    The Gilded Age, Complete|Mark Twain and Charles Dudley Warner
  • You feel that Napoleon's spirit might walk the place, and read the hearts of those who should visit it, unoffended.

    Pencillings by the Way|N. Parker Willis

British Dictionary definitions for unoffended



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 Formsoffender, 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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Word Origin and History for unoffended



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper