(New American Roget's College Thesaurus)
v. break the law, err, wrong, sin, trespass; give offense, displease, upset, vex, provoke, hurt, aggravate, rub the wrong way; disgust; affront, spite, insult, hurt one's feelings. See illegality, pain, resentment, improbity.
(Roget's IV) v.
Syn. affront, insult, outrage, annoy, hurt, hurt one's feelings, wound, cut, nettle, pique, anger, irritate, provoke, displease, aggrieve, chagrin, give offense, repel, disgust, sicken, revolt, shock, transgress, trespass, step on one's toes, tread on one's toes*; see also anger 1 , disgust .
Syn.- offend implies the causing of displeasure or resentment in another, intentionally or unintentionally, by wounding the person's feelings or by a breach of the person's sense of propriety [ she will be offended if she is not invited ] ; affront implies open and deliberate disrespect or offense [ to affront someone's pride ] ; insult implies an affront so insolent or contemptuously rude as to cause humiliation and resentment [ a book that insults the reader's intelligence ] ; outrage implies an extreme offense against someone's sense of right, justice, propriety, etc. [ he was outraged by the offer of a bribe ]
(Roget's 3 Superthesaurus) v.
1. insult affront, annoy, slight, spite, disgust, outrage, mortify, vex, *ruffle one's feathers, *pull one's chain, *rattle one's cage, *rub one the wrong way.
2. do a misdeed break the law, violate, transgress, sin.
ANT.: 1. please, honor, compliment, praise
(Roget's Thesaurus II) verb 1. To cause resentment or hurt by callous, rude behavior: affront, huff, insult, miff, outrage, pique. Idioms: add insult to injury, give offense to. See ATTACK, PAIN. 2. To be very disagreeable to: displease. Slang: turn off. Idioms: give offense to, not set right (or well) with. See LIKE, PAIN. 3. To violate a moral or divine law: err, sin, transgress, trespass. See RIGHT.

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  • Offend — 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 {Defend}.] 1. To strike against; to attack; to assail. [Obs.] Sir P. Sidney.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • Offend — Of*fend , v. i. 1. 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. James ii. 10. [1913 Webster] If it be a sin to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offend — offend, outrage, affront, insult mean to cause vexation or resentment or damage to self respect. One offends by displeasing another, by hurting his feelings, or by violating his sense of what is proper or fitting {if the First Amendment means… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • offend — I (insult) verb abuse, affront, anger, annoy, be discourteous, be impolite, chagrin, displease, distress, disturb, embarrass, enrage, gall, horrify, hurt, incense, inflame, infuriate, injure, irk, irritate, laedere, madden, make angry, mortify,… …   Law dictionary

  • offend — [ə fend′] vi. [ME offenden < OFr offendre < L offendere, to strike against < ob (see OB ) + fendere, to hit, strike: see DEFEND] 1. to break a law, religious commandment, etc.; commit a sin or crime 2. to create resentment, anger, or… …   English World dictionary

  • offend — (v.) early 14c., to sin against (someone), from O.Fr. offendre, from L. offendere strike against, stumble, commit a fault, displease, from ob against + fendere to strike (found only in compounds). Meaning to violate (a law), to make a moral false …   Etymology dictionary

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  • offend — ► VERB 1) cause to feel hurt or resentful. 2) be displeasing to. 3) commit an act that is illegal or that goes against an accepted principle. DERIVATIVES offender noun. ORIGIN Latin offendere strike against …   English terms dictionary

  • offend — of|fend [əˈfend] v [Date: 1300 1400; : Old French; Origin: offendre, from Latin offendere to strike against, offend ] 1.) [I and T] to make someone angry or upset by doing or saying something that they think is rude, unkind etc ▪ His remarks… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • offend — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French offendre, from Latin offendere to strike against, offend, from ob against + fendere to strike more at ob , defend Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to transgress the moral or divine law ; …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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