Definition of OFFEND

to transgress the moral or divine law : sin; to violate a law or rule : do wrong; to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury… See the full definition

offend


verb


Save Word


of·​fend


|



ə-ˈfend



offended


;


offending


;


offends

Definition of

offend


intransitive verb


1


a



:

to transgress (see

:



sin



if it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most

offending

soul alive


— William Shakespeare


b



:

to violate a law or rule

:

do wrong



offend

against the law


2


a



:

to cause difficulty, discomfort, or injury

took off his shoe and removed the

offending

pebble


b



:

to cause dislike, anger, or vexation

thoughtless words that

offend

needlessly


transitive verb


1


a



:



violate


,


transgress



a contract not

offending

a statute … might still be in restraint of trade


— C. A. Cooke


b



:

to cause pain to

:



hurt



tasteless billboards that

offend

the eye


2


obsolete



:

to cause to sin or fall


3



:

to cause (a person or group) to feel hurt, angry, or upset by something said or done

was

offended

by their language


She carefully worded her comments so as not to

offend

anyone.

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from

offend


offender


noun

Synonyms for

offend

Synonyms


err

,


fall

,


sin

,


stray

,


transgress

,


trespass

,


wander


Visit the Thesaurus for More

Choose the Right Synonym for

offend


offend

,

outrage

,

affront

,

insult

mean to cause hurt feelings or deep resentment.

offend

need not imply an intentional hurting but it may indicate merely a violation of the victim’s sense of what is proper or fitting.

hoped that my remarks had not

offended

her


outrage

implies offending beyond endurance and calling forth extreme feelings.



outraged

by their accusations


affront

implies treating with deliberate rudeness or contemptuous indifference to courtesy.

deeply

affronted

by his callousness


insult

suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame.



insulted

every guest at the party

Examples of

offend

in a Sentence


His comments about minority groups

offended

many of us.


She had carefully worded her comments so as not to

offend

anyone.


It

offends

me that you would make such a remark.


Don’t worry. I wasn’t

offended

.


I felt a little

offended

by their lack of respect.


Some people are

offended

by the song’s lyrics.


I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to

offend

you.


I’m sorry, I didn’t mean to

offend

.


See More


Recent Examples on the Web


Mondale’s was the demeanor of a reasonable man who could be counted on not to

offend

or embarrass his allies.




Patrick Condon,

Star Tribune

, “Walter Mondale, who rose from small-town Minnesota to vice presidency, dies at 93,” 19 Apr. 2021


Over His three years of ministry, Jesus managed to

offend

just about everyone, especially religious authorities.




The Rev. Bill Thomas,

baltimoresun.com/maryland/carroll

, “Thomas: The same spirit that raised Jesus from the dead can breathe life into all mortal bodies | RELIGION COMMENTARY,” 2 Apr. 2021


This was Drummond tiptoeing around the margins, trying his best to not

offend

, focusing on his willingness to defend.




Dan Woike,

Los Angeles Times

, “Lakers’ big challenge: How does Andre Drummond fit, and who’s the odd man out?,” 30 Mar. 2021


In May, your competitiveness could come across as abrasive, so be careful not to

offend

anyone.




Tribune Content Agency,

oregonlive

, “Horoscope for April 2, 2021: Aries, make your mark in the business world; Virgo, it’s a good day to ask a favor,” 2 Apr. 2021


At this time, when getting the vaccine is a polarizing issue, Hinch tried not to

offend

anyone while still expressing his opinion.




Jeff Seidel,

Detroit Free Press

, “Getting Detroit Tigers the COVID-19 vaccine is more complicated than it sounds,” 30 Mar. 2021


Banning behavior that will endanger or

offend

yourself or other guests must be done politely, which means in individual conversations before the day of the event.





Washington Post

, “Miss Manners: Head off masking and political disputes before guests arrive,” 3 Mar. 2021


Using data about previous defendants, the algorithm tries to calculate the probability that an individual will re-

offend

.




Hannah Fry,

The New Yorker

, “What Data Can’t Do,” 22 Mar. 2021


In reality, anyone who has tried to develop a survey or intake form asking for demographic information has grappled with the challenges of asking diversity questions in a way that does not alienate or

offend

specific affinity groups.




Paolo Gaudiano,

Forbes

, “Why Diversity Data Alone Can’t Measure Commitment To Diversity, Equity And Inclusion,” 19 Mar. 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word ‘offend.’ Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors.

Send us feedback

.


See More

First Known Use of

offend

14th century, in the meaning defined at

intransitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for

offend

Middle English

offenden

“to assail, violate, displease, hurt the feelings of,” borrowed from Anglo-French & Latin; Anglo-French

offendre,

borrowed from Latin

offendere

“to strike against, stumble (upon), trouble, break a rule, displease, annoy,” from

of-,

assimilated variant of

ob-


ob-

+

-fendere

presumably, “to strike, hit” (unattested without prefixes) — more at

defend

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about

offend

Dictionary Entries near

offend


offcut


offen


Offenbach


offend


offendedly


offend the eye


offense


See More Nearby Entries

Phrases Related to

offend


offend the eye


repeat offender


young offender

Statistics for

offend

Last Updated

26 Apr 2021


Look-up Popularity

Cite this Entry

“Offend.”

Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary

, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/offend. Accessed 1 May. 2021.

Style:

MLA


MLA



Chicago



APA



Merriam-Webster

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for

offend

offend



verb

English Language Learners Definition of

offend



:

to cause (a person or group) to feel hurt, angry, or upset by something said or done



:

to be unpleasant to (someone or something)


formal



:

to do wrong

:

to be against what people believe is acceptable or proper


See the full definition for

offend

in the English Language Learners Dictionary

offend


verb


of·​fend


|



ə-ˈfend



offended


;


offending

Kids Definition of

offend


1



:

to hurt the feelings of or insult

She uses language that

offends

people.


2



:

to do wrong

Is the released prisoner likely to

offend

again?

offend


intransitive verb


of·​fend


|



ə-ˈfend


Legal Definition of

offend



:

to commit an offense

Other Words from

offend


offender


noun

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on

offend

Thesaurus:

All synonyms and antonyms for

offend

Nglish:

Translation of

offend

for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English:

Translation of

offend

for Arabic Speakers

Comments on

offend

What made you want to look up

offend

? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Source URL: Read More
The public content above was dynamically discovered – by graded relevancy to this site’s keyword domain name. Such discovery was by systematic attempts to filter for “Creative Commons“ re-use licensing and/or by Press Release distributions. “Source URL” states the content’s owner and/or publisher. When possible, this site references the content above to generate its value-add, the dynamic sentimental analysis below, which allows us to research global sentiments across a multitude of topics related to this site’s specific keyword domain name. Additionally, when possible, this site references the content above to provide on-demand (multilingual) translations and/or to power its “Read Article to Me” feature, which reads the content aloud to visitors. Where applicable, this site also auto-generates a “References” section, which appends the content above by listing all mentioned links. Views expressed in the content above are solely those of the author(s). We do not endorse, offer to sell, promote, recommend, or, otherwise, make any statement about the content above. We reference the content above for your “reading” entertainment purposes only. Review “DMCA & Terms”, at the bottom of this site, for terms of your access and use as well as for applicable DMCA take-down request.

Acquire this Domain
You can acquire this site’s domain name! We have nurtured its online marketing value by systematically curating this site by the domain’s relevant keywords. Explore our content network – you can advertise on each or rent vs. buy the domain. Buy@TLDtraders.com | Skype: TLDtraders | +1 (475) BUY-NAME (289 – 6263). Thousands search by this site’s exact keyword domain name! Most are sent here because search engines often love the keyword. This domain can be your 24/7 lead generator! If you own it, you could capture a large amount of online traffic for your niche. Stop wasting money on ads. Instead, buy this domain to gain a long-term marketing asset. If you can’t afford to buy then you can rent the domain.

About Us
We are Internet Investors, Developers, and Incubators- operating a content network of several thousand sites while federating 20+ eCommerce and SaaS startups. With our proprietary “inverted incubation” model, we leverage a portfolio of $15M+ in valued domains to impact online trends, traffic, and transactions. We use robotic process automation, machine learning, and other proprietary approaches to power our content network. Discover our work!

Share