Something was said on the phone to offend this man.
- An example of to offend is to say a curse word to someone who doesn’t like them.
- An example of to offend is to steal from your neighbor.
To offend is to do something offensive to someone, or to break a civil or religious law.
- to break a law, religious commandment, etc.; commit a sin or crime
- to create resentment, anger, or displeasure; give offense
Origin of offendMiddle English offenden from Old French offendre from Classical Latin offendere, to strike against from ob- (see ob-) + fendere, to hit, strike: see defend
- to hurt the feelings of; cause to feel resentful, angry, or displeased; insult
- to be displeasing to (the taste, sense, etc.)
- to transgress; violate
- to cause to sin
verbof·fend·ed, of·fend·ing, of·fends
- To cause displeasure, anger, resentment, or wounded feelings in: We were offended by his tasteless jokes.
- To be displeasing or disagreeable to: Onions offend my sense of smell.
- To result in displeasure: Bad manners may offend.
- a. To violate a moral or divine law; sin.b. To violate a rule or law: offended against the curfew.
Origin of offendMiddle English offenden from Old French offendre from Latin offendere ; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.
offend insult affront outrage
These verbs mean to cause resentment, humiliation, or hurt. To offend is to cause displeasure, wounded feelings, or repugnance in another: “He often offended men who might have been useful friends” (John Lothrop Motley). Insult implies gross insensitivity, insolence, or contemptuous rudeness: “I . . . refused to stay any longer in the room with him, because he had insulted me” (Anthony Trollope). To affront is to insult openly, usually intentionally: “He continued to belabor the poor woman in a studied effort to affront his hated chieftain” (Edgar Rice Burroughs). Outrage implies the flagrant violation of a person's integrity, pride, or sense of right and decency: “Agnes . . . was outraged by what seemed to her Rose's callousness” (Mrs. Humphry Ward).
(third-person singular simple present offends, present participle offending, simple past and past participle offended)
- To hurt the feelings of; to displease; to make angry; to insult.
- Your accusations offend me deeply.
- (intransitive) To feel or become offended, take insult.
- Don't worry. I don't offend easily.
- To physically harm, pain.
- Strong light offends the eye.
- To annoy, cause discomfort or resent.
- Physically enjoyable frivolity can still offend the conscience
- (intransitive) To sin, transgress divine law or moral rules.
- To transgress or violate a law or moral requirement.
- New Testament, Matthew 5:29 (Sermon on the Mount),
- "If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out."