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OFFEND

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does offend mean? 

OFFEND (verb)
  The verb OFFEND has 4 senses:

1. cause to feel resentment or indignation
2. act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
3. strike with disgust or revulsion
4. hurt the feelings of

  Familiarity information: OFFEND used as a verb is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


OFFEND (verb)


Sense 1offend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Cause to feel resentment or indignation

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

offend; pique

Context example:

Her tactless remark offended me

Hypernyms (to "offend" is one way to...):

anger (make angry)

Cause:

resent (feel bitter or indignant about)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody


Sense 2offend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises

Classified under:

Verbs of political and social activities and events

Synonyms:

breach; transgress; infract; offend; go against; violate; break

Context examples:

offend all laws of humanity / violate the basic laws or human civilization / break a law / break a promise

Hypernyms (to "offend" is one way to...):

disrespect (show a lack of respect for)

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "offend"):

sin; transgress; trespass (commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law)

blunder; boob; goof; sin (commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake)

conflict; contravene; infringe; run afoul (go against, as of rules and laws)

trespass (break the law)

intrude; trespass (enter unlawfully on someone's property)

Sentence frame:

Somebody ----s something


Sense 3offend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strike with disgust or revulsion

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

scandalize; scandalise; outrage; appall; appal; shock; offend

Context example:

The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends

Hypernyms (to "offend" is one way to...):

churn up; disgust; nauseate; revolt; sicken (cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence examples:

The bad news will offend him
The performance is likely to offend Sue


Sense 4offend [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Hurt the feelings of

Classified under:

Verbs of feeling

Synonyms:

spite; bruise; wound; injure; offend; hurt

Context examples:

She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests / This remark really bruised me ego

Hypernyms (to "offend" is one way to...):

arouse; elicit; enkindle; evoke; fire; kindle; provoke; raise (call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses))

Troponyms (each of the following is one way to "offend"):

affront; diss; insult (treat, mention, or speak to rudely)

lacerate (deeply hurt the feelings of; distress)

sting (cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging)

abase; chagrin; humble; humiliate; mortify (cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s somebody
Something ----s somebody

Sentence example:

Sam cannot offend Sue


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