• IPA: /əˈfɛnd/

offend (offends, present participle offending; past and past participle offended)

  1. (transitive) To hurt the feelings of; to displease; to make angry; to insult.
    Your accusations offend me deeply.
    • 1995 September, The Playboy Interview: Cindy Crawford, Playboy
      One day my girlfriend, her boyfriend and I were sunbathing topless because that's Barbados - you can wear nothing if you want. And the Pepsi guy walks up and with my agent to meet us for lunch. I wondered if I should put on my top because I have a business relationship with him. I didn't want him to get offended because the rest of the beach had seen me with my top off.
  2. (intransitive) To feel or become offended; to take insult.
    Don't worry. I don't offend easily.
  3. (transitive) To physically harm, pain.
    Strong light offends the eye.
  4. (transitive) To annoy, cause discomfort or resent.
    Physically enjoyable frivolity can still offend the conscience
  5. (intransitive) To sin, transgress divine law or moral rules.
  6. (transitive) To transgress or violate a law or moral requirement.
  7. (obsolete, transitive, archaic, biblical) To cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall.
    • 1896, Adolphus Frederick Schauffler, Select Notes on the International Sunday School Lessons, W. A. Wilde company, Page 161,
      "If any man offend not (stumbles not, is not tripped up) in word, the same is a perfect man."
    • New Testament, Matthew 5:29 (Sermon on the Mount),
      "If thine eye offend thee, pluck it out."
Synonyms Translations Translations Translations
  • Portuguese: ofender
  • Russian: наруша́ть
  • Portuguese: ofender-se
  • Russian: обижа́ться

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