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Middle English offenden from Old French offendre from Latin offendere gwhen- in Indo-European roots
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
From Latin offendō (“strike, blunder, commit an offense"), from ob (“to") + *fendō (“strike").
I didn't mean to offend you.
Katie tried to suppress it, not wanting to offend her friend, but it escaped.
It is easy to offend others when blinded by hubris.
If you thought it might offend me, why didn't you ask me first?
Did I say something to offend you?
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