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Meaning & Definition of Offend in English

English

Offend

/əfɛnd/

verb

1. Cause to feel resentment or indignation

  • "Her tactless remark offended me"
    synonym:
  • pique
  • ,
  • offend

2. 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"
    synonym:
  • transgress
  • ,
  • offend
  • ,
  • infract
  • ,
  • violate
  • ,
  • go against
  • ,
  • breach
  • ,
  • break

3. Strike with disgust or revulsion

  • "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"
    synonym:
  • shock
  • ,
  • offend
  • ,
  • scandalize
  • ,
  • scandalise
  • ,
  • appal
  • ,
  • appall
  • ,
  • outrage

4. Hurt the feelings of

  • "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"
  • "This remark really bruised my ego"
    synonym:
  • hurt
  • ,
  • wound
  • ,
  • injure
  • ,
  • bruise
  • ,
  • offend
  • ,
  • spite

Examples of using

Have I done something to offend you?
Why did God offend us like this? What sin is upon us?
Everyone can offend a boxer, but not everyone has time to apologize.