Definition of offend in English:

offend

verb

  • 1[with object] Cause to feel upset, annoyed, or resentful.

    ‘viewers said they had been offended by bad language’
    • ‘If it was any other person, I would have been offended and annoyed that someone should try and exert such force over me.’
    • ‘Would that offend you or hurt you or upset you any more?’
    • ‘I appreciate that this is a very emotive and difficult subject to discuss openly, and I therefore apologise unreservedly if any part of my opinion has upset or offended you.’
    • ‘However, as it did nothing to either entertain or offend me, I am dismissing this case with prejudice.’
    • ‘The teams involved said they ‘never set out to upset or offend anyone.’’
    • ‘I admit, I was really offended by that last remark.’
    • ‘We too have strong convictions, we too can be offended, insulted and annoyed, and we have to say we're not going to put up with it.’
    • ‘I feel rather offended by the suggestion, in fact.’
    • ‘The unknowing teacher might offend some students and upset others by using the wrong words, tone, or body language.’
    • ‘How, you may wonder, can I possibly offend so many people in a single column?’
    • ‘She got really offended by the suggestion, " Colleen said.’
    • ‘With regard to the first, if in the course of a discussion an offence is offered, the person who has been offended is the injured party.’
    • ‘Aboriginal people are deeply offended by it and that's quite understandable.’
    • ‘She told me so, and she made it clear to me that my comments upset and offended her.’
    • ‘I tried to pretend I wasn't offended by his remark.’
    • ‘I am sorry if I have upset or offended anyone that is reading this.’
    • ‘She's upset and she's offended that anyone would try to profit from such photos.’
    • ‘The piece spends so much time trying to offend nobody and entertain everybody it ends up being completely anodyne.’
    • ‘Warning: the following article contains scenes that may shock and offend some people.’
    • ‘People are well within their rights to be offended by such publications.’
    hurt someone's feelings, give offence to, affront, upset, displease, distress, hurt, wound, pain, injure, be an affront to, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, disgruntle, put out, annoy, anger, exasperate, irritate, vex, pique, gall, irk, provoke, rankle with, nettle, needle, peeve, tread on someone's toes, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, rub up the wrong way, make someone's hackles rise, insult, humiliate, embarrass, mortify, scandalize, shock, outrage, spite
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    1. 1.1 Be displeasing to.
      ‘he didn't smoke and the smell of ash offended him’
      ‘they must redesign the offending section of road’
      • ‘Methadone is not a magic bullet that removes all offending behaviour.’
      • ‘The smell of burning flesh still offended his nostrils, but he ignored it.’
      • ‘We had not originally envisaged being concerned with offending behaviour per se nor with offenders.’
      • ‘The smell offended her nose a bit more then she would have liked.’
      • ‘I must first off say that I am completely offended by your good looks.’
      • ‘Call me rigidly European, but it offends my sense of food order.’
      • ‘This provides a lock for those who must use it or simply prefer to use it without offending the sensibilities of those who do not.’
      • ‘Top offending foods identified were, in alphabetical order, barley, beef, chicken, lamb, potato, rice, soya and wheat.’
      • ‘First I deciphered the most offending foods in the dish.’
      • ‘If your sensibilities are easily offended, you have no business attempting to work in a creative collaborative situation.’
      • ‘I am also offended at the waste of food in America, especially by young people.’
      • ‘Food which offends taste will assuredly offend the stomach.’
      • ‘A spokeswoman told the newspaper that offending sections of the site had been removed and apologised for any offence caused.’
      • ‘Food allergies are untreatable, and people with these allergies must avoid offending foods, which can be impossible.’
      • ‘He concluded that 52 per cent of sufferers had reported a significant reduction of their symptoms after changing their diet to remove offending foods from their diets.’
      • ‘But as much as such low-end food might offend my culinary sensibilities, I can drive right by.’
      • ‘They eat seafood and vegetables only; reportedly, the mere smell of pork offends their delicate senses.’
      • ‘Patients identify offending foods by common names such as lobster, as opposed to the species names.’
      • ‘Mr Webster cut the oats and other offending foods out of his diet - and his sneezing was reduced dramatically.’
      • ‘To them if a practice offends their subjective sensibilities it must be unconstitutional.’
      displease, be displeasing to, be distasteful to, be disagreeable to, be offensive to, cause offence to, upset, put off, disgust, repel, revolt, be repugnant to, repulse, turn someone's stomach, sicken, nauseate, make sick, make someone's gorge rise
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  • 2[no object] Commit an illegal act.

    ‘a small hard core of young criminals who offend again and again’
    • ‘To avoid young people offending in the first place, there will be more drug education in schools and schemes to tackle truancy and the number of excluded youngsters.’
    • ‘Criminals try to avoid offending in places where they are likely to be noticed.’
    • ‘Treo is a project that works with young people who have offended.’
    • ‘A judge gave the 29-year-old a two-year conditional discharge meaning he will escape punishment unless he offends again.’
    • ‘Increasing the severity of sentences will deter criminals from offending.’
    • ‘The Prince's Trust has also been given money to fund a mentoring project to support young people from the borough who have offended or may be at risk of offending.’
    • ‘In many cases where young boys sexually offend there was a family history of emotional, sexual and physical abuse.’
    • ‘Bogus callers who target elderly victims may start their criminal careers as young as seven or eight and are often taught to offend by relatives or family friends, according to a Home Office study.’
    • ‘The project has been introduced to help police solve crimes and deter criminals from further offending.’
    • ‘The court was told the defendant, who has nine previous convictions, offended on bail.’
    • ‘The Criminal Justice Intervention Programme aims to help more criminals who offend to feed their habit get clean.’
    • ‘Are victims not entitled to every assurance that their abusers will not offend again?’
    • ‘There have been cases which have been very successful and in the case of the young boy who stole the bike, he hasn't offended now for many, many years.’
    • ‘Aborigines sometimes killed straying convicts, but officialdom usually assumed they had offended in some way.’
    • ‘He offended on bail so often that magistrates remanded him in custody on March 25.’
    • ‘Well, your Honour, it would offend in two ways.’
    • ‘I'm very confident that we are making a big difference these days into the lives of young people who are likely to commit crimes and to offend.’
    • ‘Who would be held responsible if this man offended again?’
    • ‘The multi-agency Youth Offending Team was set up just over a year ago in a bid to prevent young people offending and re-offending.’
    • ‘He does not appear to be a young man who is likely to offend again in this way in the future.’
    break the law, commit a crime, do wrong, sin, go astray, fall from grace, err, transgress
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    1. 2.1 Break a commonly accepted rule or principle.
      ‘those activities which offend against public order and decency’
      • ‘Because, in my submission, it then offends against the principle that where the duties are pre-eminently spiritual certain presumptions arise.’
      • ‘For one thing, it offends against the principle that deterrent punishment must be kept to the effective minimum.’
      • ‘It is limited to cases where enforcement of the copyright would offend against the policy of the law.’
      • ‘His submission in this context was that the scheme offended against elementary principles of public law.’
      • ‘There are occasions when closed courts can be justified, although they offend against the principle that justice must be seen to be done.’
      • ‘The law was first amended in 1914 so that soldiers could leave Parliament and not offend against the absence rules.’
      • ‘These passages clearly offend against a number of the principles I have listed above.’
      • ‘If a state's laws offend against the Constitution, the Supreme Court can declare them unconstitutional.’
      • ‘The plaintiffs attacked this plea on the grounds that it offended against the repetition rule.’
      • ‘Must he also offend against the rule of law by introducing a new form of detention without trial?’
      • ‘An authentic choice is likely to offend against the rules established by them.’
      • ‘However, being politically disposed to one point of view on an issue did not necessarily offend against the rules of natural justice.’
      • ‘The code requires us not to broadcast material which offends against good taste or is offensive to public feeling.’
      • ‘The alleged crimes offend against the laws of all nations.’
      • ‘They are laws which offend against the principle of autonomy and they are laws which place both doctors and patients at risk.’
      • ‘To maintain law and order, the judges have, and must have, power at once to deal with those who offend against it.’
      • ‘Evidence so admitted does not offend against the general rule.’
      • ‘This was wrong, not only because it offended against the principle of equality but because in practice many women did have dependents.’
      • ‘Disjunctive properties offend against the principle that a genuine property is identical in its different particulars.’
      • ‘He said that the question the judge put to the jury was improper and offended against the principle of random selection of the jury.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old French offendre, from Latin offendere strike against.

Pronunciation:

offend

/əˈfend/