Definitions for offendəˈfɛnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in; insult.

  2. to affect (the sense, taste, etc.) disagreeably.

  3. to violate or transgress (a criminal, religious, or moral law).

  4. to hurt or cause pain to.

  5. (in Biblical use) to cause to fall into sinful ways.

    Category: Bible

  6. (v.i.)to cause resentful displeasure; irritate.

  7. to err in conduct; commit a sin, crime, or fault.

Origin of offend:

1275–1325; ME < MF offendre < L offendere to strike against, displease =of-of - +-fendere to strike


Princeton's WordNet

  1. pique, offend(verb)

    cause to feel resentment or indignation

    "Her tactless remark offended me"

  2. transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, break(verb)

    act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

    "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"

  3. shock, offend, scandalize, scandalise, appal, appall, outrage(verb)

    strike with disgust or revulsion

    "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"

  4. hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spite(verb)

    hurt the feelings of

    "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. offend(verb)əfˈɛnd

    to upset or make sb angry by saying or doing sth they do not approve of

    Would it offend him if we didn't go?

  2. offendəfˈɛnd

    to break the law

    young criminals who offend again and again; I'd be really offended if someone said that to me.


  1. offend(Verb)

    To hurt the feelings of; to displease; to make angry; to insult.

    Your accusations offend me deeply.

  2. offend(Verb)

    To feel or become offended, take insult.

    Don't worry. I don't offend easily.

  3. offend(Verb)

    To physically harm, pain

    Strong light offends the eye.

  4. offend(Verb)

    To annoy, cause discomfort or resent.

    Physically enjoyable frivolity can still offend the conscience

  5. offend(Verb)

    To sin, transgress divine law or moral rules

  6. offend(Verb)

    To transgress or violate a law or moral requirement.

  7. offend(Verb)

    To cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall.

  8. Origin: From offendo, from ob + *.

Translations for offend

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


to make feel upset or angry

If you don't go to her party she will be offended; His criticism offended her.

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