Offend Definition

offended, offends
offended, offends
To hurt the feelings of; cause to feel resentful, angry, or displeased; insult.
Webster's New World
To create resentment, anger, or displeasure; give offense.
Webster's New World
To be displeasing or disagreeable to.
Onions offend my sense of smell.
American Heritage
To be displeasing to (the taste, sense, etc.)
Webster's New World
To break a law, religious commandment, etc.; commit a sin or crime.
Webster's New World

Origin of Offend

  • Middle English offenden from Old French offendre from Latin offendere gwhen- in Indo-European roots

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Latin offendō (“strike, blunder, commit an offense"), from ob (“to") + *fendō (“strike").

    From Wiktionary

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