- 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
Synonyms for offend
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Examples from the Web for unoffended
Historical Examples of unoffended
She was nonchalant and smiling; he was easy, unoffended, admirably the fine gentleman.Audrey
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
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
Unoffended by such demands, Marshall was deeply chagrined by other and entirely just criticisms.The Life of John Marshall Volume 3 of 4
Albert J. Beveridge
- 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 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.