What does offend mean?

Definitions for offend
əˈfɛndof·fend

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word offend.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pique, offendverb

    cause to feel resentment or indignation

    "Her tactless remark offended me"

  2. transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, breakverb

    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, outrageverb

    strike with disgust or revulsion

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

  4. hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spiteverb

    hurt the feelings of

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

Wiktionary

  1. offendverb

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

    Your accusations offend me deeply.

    Etymology: From offendo, from ob + *.

  2. offendverb

    To feel or become offended, take insult.

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

    Etymology: From offendo, from ob + *.

  3. offendverb

    To physically harm, pain

    Strong light offends the eye.

    Etymology: From offendo, from ob + *.

  4. offendverb

    To annoy, cause discomfort or resent.

    Physically enjoyable frivolity can still offend the conscience

    Etymology: From offendo, from ob + *.

  5. offendverb

    To sin, transgress divine law or moral rules

    Etymology: From offendo, from ob + *.

  6. offendverb

    To transgress or violate a law or moral requirement.

    Etymology: From offendo, from ob + *.

  7. offendverb

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

    Etymology: From offendo, from ob + *.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Offend

    of-fend′, v.t. to displease or make angry: to do harm to: to affront: (B.) to cause to sin.—v.i. to sin: to cause anger: (B.) to be made to sin.—n. Offence′, any cause of anger or displeasure: an injury: a crime: a sin: affront: assault.—adjs. Offence′ful (Shak.) giving offence or displeasure: injurious; Offence′less (Milt.), unoffending: innocent.—ns. Offend′er, one who offends or injures: a trespasser: a criminal:—fem. Offend′ress; Offense′, &c., same as Offence, &c.—adj. Offens′ive, causing offence, displeasure, or injury: used in attack: making the first attack.—n. the act of the attacking party: the posture of one who attacks.—adv. Offens′ively.—n. Offens′iveness.—Offensive and defensive, requiring all parties to make war together, or to defend each other if attacked.—Give offence, to cause displeasure; Take offence, to feel displeasure, be offended. [Fr.,—L. ob, against, fendĕre, to strike.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offend in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offend in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

Examples of offend in a Sentence

  1. Anuj Somany:

    A self-seeker knows very well that everyone wants Success and Happiness only in life so s/he would never speak to others beyond and besides these or related words via thoughts or speech because saying other than these may offend the audience and affect her/his preaching business and monetary progress.

  2. George R.R. Martin:

    You're Ned Stark's bastard, aren't you?” Jon felt a coldness pass right through him. He pressed his lips together and said nothing. “Did I offend you?” Lannister said. “Sorry. Dwarfs don't have to be tactful. Generations of capering fools in motley have won me the right to dress badly and say any damn thing that comes into my head.” He grinned. “You are the bastard, though.” “Lord Eddard Stark is my father,” Jon admitted stiffly. Lannister studied his face. “Yes,“ he said. “I can see it. You have more of the north in you than your brothers.” “Half brothers,“ Jon corrected. He was pleased by the dwarf's comment, but he tried not to let it show. “Let me give you some counsel, bastard,” Lannister said. “Never forget what you are, for surely the world will not. Make it your strength. Then it can never be your weakness. Armor yourself in it, and it will never be used to hurt you.” Jon was in no mood for anyone's counsel. “What do you know about being a bastard?“ “All dwarfs are bastards in their father's eyes.” “You are your mother's trueborn son of Lannister.“ “Am I?“ the dwarf replied, sardonic. “Do tell my lord father. My mother died birthing me, and he's never been sure.“ “I don't even know who my mother was,“ Jon said. “Some woman, no doubt. Most of them are.“ He favored Jon with a rueful grin. “Remember this, boy. All dwarfs may be bastards, yet not all bastards need be dwarfs.“ And with that he turned and sauntered back into the feast, whistling a tune. When he opened the door, the light from within threw his shadow clear across the yard, and for just a moment Tyrion Lannister stood tall as a king.

  3. Gina Warkentin:

    My intention is to educate people, not to offend anyone.

  4. Representative Omar:

    Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes, my intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.

  5. Sergio Goyri:

    It was never my intent to offend anyone. I apologize to Yalitza, who deserves (this Oscar nomination) and much more, for me, it is an honor to see a Mexican be nominated for an Oscar.

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