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Definition of "offend" []

  • To cause displeasure, anger, resentment, or wounded feelings in. (verb-transitive)
  • To be displeasing or disagreeable to: Onions offend my sense of smell. (verb-transitive)
  • To transgress; violate: offend all laws of humanity. (verb-transitive)
  • To cause to sin. (verb-transitive)
  • To result in displeasure: Bad manners may offend. (verb-intransitive)
  • To hurt the feelings, sense of dignity, etc, of (a person) (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To be disagreeable to; disgust (verb)
  • To break (a law or laws in general) (verb)

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Use "offend" in a sentence
  • "I think the right to offend is pretty important. pseudonymous in nc says:"
  • "Re: I think the right to offend is pretty important."
  • "Does the word offend Tom? by Drew Terry on Friday, Apr 4, 2008 at 10: 02: 22 PM"