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offend - Meaning and Examples

Meaning of 'offend' (Webster Dictionary)

1 . Offend [ v. t.]
- To strike against; to attack; to assail.
- To displease; to make angry; to affront.
- To be offensive to; to harm; to pain; to annoy; as, strong light offends the eye; to offend the conscience.
- To transgress; to violate; to sin against.
- To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall.

Meaning of 'offend' (Princeton's WordNet)

1 . offend [ v]
Meaning (1):
- act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
Example in sentence:
  • break a law;
  • break a promise;
  • offend all laws of humanity;
  • violate the basic laws or human civilization
Meaning (2):
- cause to feel resentment or indignation
Example in sentence:
  • Her tactless remark offended me
Meaning (3):
- hurt the feelings of
Example in sentence:
  • She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests;
  • This remark really bruised my ego
Meaning (4):
- strike with disgust or revulsion
Example in sentence:
  • The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends