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Meaning of OFFEND

Pronunciation:  u'fend

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [v]  cause to feel resentment or indignation; "Her tactless remark offended me"
  2. [v]  hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised me ego"
  3. [v]  strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"
  4. [v]  act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"

OFFEND is a 6 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: appal, appall, breach, break, bruise, go against, hurt, infract, injure, outrage, pique, scandalise, scandalize, shock, spite, transgress, violate, wound
 See Also: abase, affront, anger, arouse, blunder, boob, chagrin, churn up, conflict, contravene, disgust, disrespect, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, goof, humble, humiliate, infringe, insult, intrude, kindle, lacerate, mortify, nauseate, provoke, raise, resent, revolt, run afoul, sicken, sin, sting, trespass



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Of*fend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Offended}; p. pr. & vb.
n. {Offending}.] [OF. offendre, L. offendere, offensum; ob
(see {Ob-}) + fendere (in comp.) to thrust, dash. See
1. To strike against; to attack; to assail. [Obs.] --Sir P.

2. To displease; to make angry; to affront.

         A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong
         city.                                 --Prov. xviii.

3. To be offensive to; to harm; to pain; to annoy; as, strong
   light offends the eye; to offend the conscience.

4. To transgress; to violate; to sin against. [Obs.]

         Marry, sir, he hath offended the law. --Shak.

5. (Script.) To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to
   stumble; to cause to sin or to fall. [Obs.]

         Who hath you misboden or offended.    --Chaucer.

         If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out . . . And
         if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off. --Matt.
                                               v. 29, 3O.

         Great peace have they which love thy law, and
         nothing shall offend them.            --Ps. cxix.

Thesaurus Terms
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