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Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive), Verb (intransitive)


Verb offend has 4 senses


offendv. t. [OF. offendre, L. offendere, offensum; ob (see Ob-) + fendere (in comp.) to thrust, dash. See Defend.].
  •  To strike against; to attack; to assail.  Sir P. Sidney.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To displease; to make angry; to affront.  [1913 Webster]
    "A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To be offensive to; to harm; to pain; to annoy; as, strong light offends the eye; to offend the conscience.  [1913 Webster]
  •  To transgress; to violate; to sin against.  [1913 Webster]
    "Marry, sir, he hath offended the law."  [1913 Webster]
  •  To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall.  [1913 Webster]
    "Who hath you misboden or offended."  [1913 Webster]
    "If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out . . . And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off."  [1913 Webster]
    "Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them."  [1913 Webster]
offendv. i. 
  •  To transgress the moral or divine law; to commit a crime; to stumble; to sin.  [1913 Webster]
    "Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all."  [1913 Webster]
    "If it be a sin to covet honor,
    I am the most offending soul alive.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  To cause dislike, anger, or vexation; to displease.  [1913 Webster]
    "I shall offend, either to detain or give it."  [1913 Webster]
To offend against, to do an injury or wrong to; to commit an offense against. “We have offended against the Lord already.” 2 Chron. xxviii. 13.


offend, v.
1 tr. cause offence to or resentment in; wound the feelings of.
2 tr. displease or anger.
3 intr. (often foll. by against) do wrong; transgress.

offendedly adv. offender n. offending adj.
ME f. OF offendre f. L (as OFFENCE)



affront, aggrieve, anger, annoy, appall, blemish, blot, breach, break, call names, chagrin, commit sin, contravene, deface, disfigure, disgruntle, disgust, dishonor, disoblige, displease, distress, disturb, do amiss, do wrong, dump on, dysphemize, embarrass, err, exasperate, excite, fleer at, flout, fret, gall, gibe at, give offense, give offense to, give umbrage, grieve, gross out, horrify, humiliate, hurl a brickbat, hurt, hurt the feelings, infract, infringe, insult, irritate, jeer at, jibe at, look a fright, look a mess, look bad, look like hell, look something terrible, mar, miff, mock, nauseate, needle, nettle, offend the eye, outrage, pain, pique, provoke, put down, put off, rankle, rattle, repel, repulse, revolt, rile, ruffle, scandalize, scoff at, shock, sicken, sin, slight, snub, spoil, sting, taunt, transgress, treat with indignity, trespass, turn the stomach, uglify, upset, vex, wound




VB cause pain, occasion pain, give pain, bring pain, induce pain, produce pain, create pain, inflict pain, pain, hurt, wound, pinch, prick, gripe, pierce, lancinate, cut, hurt the feelings, wound the feelings, grate upon the feelings, grate upon the nerves, jar upon the feelings, wring the heart, pierce the heart, lacerate the heart, break the heart, rend the heart, make the heart bleed, tear the heart strings, rend the heart strings, draw tears from the eyes, sadden, make unhappy, plunge into sorrow, grieve, fash, afflict, distress, cut up, cut to the heart, displease, annoy, incommode, discompose, trouble, disquiet, faze, feaze, feeze, disturb, cross, perplex, molest, tease, tire, irk, vex, mortify, wherret, worry, plague, bother, pester, bore, pother, harass, harry, badger, heckle, bait, beset, infest, persecute, importune, wring, harrow, torment, torture, bullyrag, put to the rack, put to the question, break on the wheel, rack, scarify, cruciate, crucify, convulse, agonize, barb the dart, plant a dagger in the breast, plant a thorn in one's side, irritate, provoke, sting, nettle, try the patience, pique, fret, rile, tweak the nose, chafe, gall, sting to the quick, wound to the quick, cut to the quick, aggrieve, affront, enchafe, enrage, ruffle, sour the temper, give offense, maltreat, bite, snap at, assail, smite, sicken, disgust, revolt, nauseate, disenchant, repel, offend, shock, stink in the nostrils, go against the stomach, turn the stomach, make one sick, set the teeth on edge, go against the grain, grate on the ear, stick in one's throat, stick in one's gizzard, rankle, gnaw, corrode, horrify, appal, appall, freeze the blood, make the flesh creep, make the hair stand on end, make the blood curdle, make the blood run cold, make one shudder, haunt the memory, weigh on the heart, prey on the heart, weigh on the mind, prey on the mind, weigh on the spirits, prey on the spirits, bring one's gray hairs with sorrow to the grave, add a nail to one's coffin.


VB resent, take amiss, take ill, take to heart, take offense, take umbrage, take huff, take exception, take in ill part, take in bad part, take in dudgeon, ne pas entendre raillerie, breathe revenge, cut up rough, fly into a rage, fall into a rage, get into a rage, fly into a passion, bridle up, bristle up, froth up, fire up, flare up, open the vials of one's wrath, pour out the vials of one's wrath, pout, knit the brow, frown, scowl, lower, snarl, growl, gnarl, gnash, snap, redden, color, look black, look black as thunder, look daggers, bite one's thumb, show one's teeth, grind one's teeth, champ the bit, champ at the bit, chafe, mantle, fume, kindle, fly out, take fire, boil, boil over, boil with indignation, boil with rage, rage, storm, foam, vent one's rage, vent one's spleen, lose one's temper, stand on one's hind legs, stamp the foot, stamp with rage, quiver with rage, swell with rage, foam with rage, burst with anger, raise Cain, have a fling at, bear malice, cause anger, raise anger, affront, offend, give offense, give umbrage, anger, hurt the feelings, insult, discompose, fret, ruffle, nettle, huff, pique, excite, irritate, stir the blood, stir up bile, sting, sting to the quick, rile, provoke, chafe, wound, incense, inflame, enrage, aggravate, add fuel to the flame, fan into a flame, widen the breach, envenom, embitter, exasperate, infuriate, kindle wrath, stick in one's gizzard, rankle, hit on the raw, rub on the raw, sting on the raw, strike on the raw, put out of countenance, put out of humor, put one's monkey up, put one's back up, raise one's gorge, raise one's dander, raise one's choler, work up into a passion, make one's blood boil, make the ears tingle, throw, into a ferment, madden, drive one mad, lash into fury, lash into madness, fool to the top of one's bent, set by the ears, bring a hornet's nest about one's ears.


VB be vicious, sin, commit sin, do amiss, err, transgress, misdemean oneself, forget oneself, misconduct oneself, misdo, misbehave, fall, lapse, slip, trip, offend, trespass, deviate from the line of duty, deviate from the path of virtue, take a wrong course, go astray, hug a sin, hug a fault, sow one's wild oats, render vicious, demoralize, brutalize, corrupt.

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