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
- 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.
- 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.
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
Middle English offenden, from Old French offendre, from Latin offendere; see gwhen- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin offendō ("strike, blunder, commit an offense"), from ob ("against") + *fendō ("strike"). (Wiktionary)