• WordNet 3.6
    • v offend cause to feel resentment or indignation "Her tactless remark offended me"
    • v offend hurt the feelings of "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests","This remark really bruised my ego"
    • v offend strike with disgust or revulsion "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"
    • v offend 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"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Offend To be offensive to; to harm; to pain; to annoy; as, strong light offends the eye; to offend the conscience.
    • Offend To cause dislike, anger, or vexation; to displease. "I shall offend , either to detain or give it."
    • Offend To displease; to make angry; to affront. "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city."
    • Offend (Script) To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall. "Who hath you misboden or offended .""If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out . . . And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off.""Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them."
    • Offend To strike against; to attack; to assail.
    • Offend To transgress the moral or divine law; to commit a crime; to stumble; to sin. "Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.""If it be a sin to covet honor,
      I am the most offending soul alive."
    • Offend To transgress; to violate; to sin against. "Marry, sir, he hath offended the law."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • offend To strike; attack; assail.
    • offend To injure; harm; hurt.
    • offend To displease; give offense or displeasure to; shock; annoy; pain; molest.
    • offend To disobey or sin against (a person); transgress or violate (a law or right).
    • offend To cause to offend or transgress; lead into disobedience or evil.
    • offend Synonyms To vex, chafe, irritate, provoke, nettle, fret, gall.
    • offend To strike, attack, or assail one.
    • offend To disobey, violate, or transgress law, whether human or divine; commit a fault or crime; sin: sometimes with against.
    • offend To give offense or displeasure; do anything displeasing, or calculated to cause dislike or anger.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Offend of-fend′ to displease or make angry: to do harm to: to affront:
    • v.i Offend to sin: to cause anger:
    • n Offend the act of the attacking party: the posture of one who attacks
    • v.t Offend of-fend′ (B.) to cause to sin
    • v.i Offend (B.) to be made to sin
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  • Jean Rostand
    “It may offend us to hear our own thoughts expressed by others: we are not sure enough of their souls.”
  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    “While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    “I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.”
  • Robertson Davies
    “Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.”
  • Barbara Walters
    Barbara Walters
    “It's a fact that it is much more comfortable to be in the position of the person who has been offended than to be the unfortunate cause of it.”
  • Sam Brown
    Sam Brown
    “Never offend people with style when you can offend them with substance.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OF. offendre, L. offendere, offensum,; ob,see Ob-) + fendere,in comp.) to thrust, dash. See Defend


In literature:

They preferred transportation, and cheerfully resigned the offender to the good or ill-fortune of his colonial career.
"The History of Tasmania , Volume II (of 2)" by John West
I wouldn't so offend a lady for all the world.
"Orley Farm" by Anthony Trollope
I am afraid some of the shouting ones will be offended but I could not help it.
"The Choctaw Freedmen" by Robert Elliott Flickinger
That lady, much offended, drew herself up stiffly.
"The Music Master" by Charles Klein
I shan't be in the least offended.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
They sacrifice him to the powers which he has offended.
"Folkways" by William Graham Sumner
Indeed it is impossible to inflict punishment rightly until you have first forgiven the offender.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
Whirlwind would be offended if he saw me come after him on any other of these animals.
"Deerfoot in The Mountains" by Edward S. Ellis
In order not to offend the Baroness, there was a goodly measure of seemingly cordial applause.
"The Goose Man" by Jacob Wassermann
Had he not so offended her that there could never be forgiveness?
"Ralph the Heir" by Anthony Trollope

In poetry:

But surely never words from heaven
Of peace and love more full descended;
That we should seventy times seven
Forgive our brother that offended.
"The Text" by Charles Lamb
And, that he calls each vile offender in,
(However big, however black his sin)
To have a share in all his joys divine:
So he his sins does totally resign.
"Advice, To Search For The Lord Jesus Christ" by Rees Prichard
Repent thou truly, with a heart sincere,
And for thy sins shed many a briny tear,
Nor dare the table of the Lord attend,
Ere thou repentest, lest thou shoud'st offend.
"A Preparation For The Holy Communion" by Rees Prichard
Thy faithfulness, Lord, Each moment we find,
So true to thy word, So loving and kind!
Thy mercy so tender To all the lost race,
The vilest offender May turn and find grace.
"Thy Faithfulness, Lord" by Charles Wesley
The sons of God, and children of the fiend,
In the same church are not together seen:
No more than bees can stay, where steams offend,
Or a pure spirit dwell with one unclean.
"Advice To Ev'ry Master Of A Family, To Govern His House In A Religious Manner" by Rees Prichard
Say her disdainings justly must be graced
With name of chaste ;
And that she frowns lest longing should exceed,
And raging breed ;
So her disdains can ne'er offend,
Unless self-love take private end.
"A dialogue between Sir Henry Wootton and Mr. Donne" by John Donne

In news:

From RI Sex Offender Website.
The Supreme Court banned the death penalty for mentally retarded offenders a decade ago, but Georgia apparently has not gotten the message.
Are many sex offenders skirting the law.
It's not just for sex offenders, drunk drivers, tax evaders and dangerous dogs anymore.
ICE nabs 25 foreign-born sex offenders in Houston.
Fraction of registered sex offenders prohibited from Halloween festivities.
Here's Octavia Nasr's offending Tweet.
Thomas Parker is a Level 1 sexual offender living in the area.
He was scolded by the judge before also being ordered to register as a sex offender.
Cape Coral City Council will consider the elimination of its sexual predator/offender notification program on Monday.
A repeat offender in this week's Dirty Dining.
Young Offenders Find Hope, Guardedly , in the Classroom.
A man living in Rutland County in 2010 will serve close to 11 years in jail on federal convictions of failing to register as a sex offender and possessing 15 stolen firearms.
Cherokee County sheriff's officials say a convicted sex offender has apparently moved but failed to notify authorities of his address change.
Sheriff's Investigator James Brown said Robert A Peal, 46, is required to register every 90 days as a level-three sex offender.

In science:

IP Peg is a persistent offender, lying well clear of the supposedly less reliable points in both the mass vs. orbital period and mass vs. spectral type diagrams.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
We can handle these offending exceptions by changing our focus either to cohomology or to profinite presentations.
Presentations of finite simple groups: a quantitative approach
In another experimental study [van der Heijden et al. (2000)] all respondents were known to have offended against social security regulations.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
Although the randomized response condition yielded higher estimates than the direct question design, the prevalence estimate of offenders obtained with randomized response was only about 50%.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
Fig. 17 also shows an example of data that was kept with an offending region highlighted that was removed.
Concentration and Length Dependence of DNA Looping in Transcriptional Regulation