from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To cause displeasure, anger, resentment, or wounded feelings in.
- transitive v. To be displeasing or disagreeable to: Onions offend my sense of smell.
- transitive v. To transgress; violate: offend all laws of humanity.
- transitive v. To cause to sin.
- intransitive v. To result in displeasure: Bad manners may offend.
- intransitive v. To violate a moral or divine law; sin.
- intransitive v. To violate a rule or law: offended against the curfew.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To hurt the feelings of; to displease; to make angry; to insult.
- v. To feel or become offended, take insult.
- v. To physically harm, pain
- v. To annoy, cause discomfort or resent.
- v. To sin, transgress divine law or moral rules
- v. To transgress or violate a law or moral requirement.
- v. To cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- intransitive v. To transgress the moral or divine law; to commit a crime; to stumble; to sin.
- intransitive v. To cause dislike, anger, or vexation; to displease.
- transitive v. To strike against; to attack; to assail.
- transitive v. To displease; to make angry; to affront.
- transitive v. To be offensive to; to harm; to pain; to annoy
- transitive v. To transgress; to violate; to sin against.
- transitive v. To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To strike; attack; assail.
- To injure; harm; hurt.
- To displease; give offense or displeasure to; shock; annoy; pain; molest.
- To disobey or sin against (a person); transgress or violate (a law or right).
- To cause to offend or transgress; lead into disobedience or evil.
- Synonyms To vex, chafe, irritate, provoke, nettle, fret, gall.
- To strike, attack, or assail one.
- To disobey, violate, or transgress law, whether human or divine; commit a fault or crime; sin: sometimes with against.
- To give offense or displeasure; do anything displeasing, or calculated to cause dislike or anger.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. strike with disgust or revulsion
- v. cause to feel resentment or indignation
- v. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
- v. hurt the feelings of
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
To reprove those that offend is good, but to cast that pearl before swine, who will turn again and rend us, is to be righteous overmuch.
Some give another sense of this verse: To eat much honey is not good, but to search into glorious and excellent things is a great commendation, it is true glory; we cannot therein offend by excess.
Just to continue to "offend" - think of the enjoyment you will get from it! yucatandreamer
Germany, in the military sense of "offend" -- that is, if you cannot seek her out and _hurt_ her -- how are you going to control her?
SANCHEZ: Does that word offend you when we use it?
The English word offend means now, commonly, to displease; to make angry; to affront.
Whosoever shall offend, that is cause to stumble or go astray, one such child of Christ, incurs guilt so great that it would have been better for him had he met death even by violence before he had so sinned.