- 1 [with object] Cause to feel upset, annoyed, or resentful: viewers said they had been offended by bad languageMore example sentences
hurt someone's feelings, give offense to, affront, displease, upset, distress, hurt, wound; annoy, anger, exasperate, irritate, vex, pique, gall, irk, nettle, ruffle someone's feathers, tread on someone's toes; rub the wrong way• informal rile, rattle, peeve, needle, miff, put someone's nose out of joint, put someone's back up• vulgar slang piss off
- We too have strong convictions, we too can be offended, insulted and annoyed, and we have to say we're not going to put up with it.
- If it was any other person, I would have been offended and annoyed that someone should try and exert such force over me.
- I appreciate that this is a very emotive and difficult subject to discuss openly, and I therefore apologise unreservedly if any part of my opinion has upset or offended you.
- 1.1Be displeasing to: he didn’t smoke and the smell of ash offended him (as adjective offending) they must redesign the offending section of roadMore example sentences
- Food allergies are untreatable, and people with these allergies must avoid offending foods, which can be impossible.
- Call me rigidly European, but it offends my sense of food order.
- He concluded that 52 per cent of sufferers had reported a significant reduction of their symptoms after changing their diet to remove offending foods from their diets.
- 2 [no object] Commit an illegal act: a small hard core of young criminals who offend again and againMore example sentences
- I'm very confident that we are making a big difference these days into the lives of young people who are likely to commit crimes and to offend.
- In many cases where young boys sexually offend there was a family history of emotional, sexual and physical abuse.
- The project has been introduced to help police solve crimes and deter criminals from further offending.
- 2.1Break a commonly accepted rule or principle: those activities which offend against public order and decencyMore example sentences
- They are laws which offend against the principle of autonomy and they are laws which place both doctors and patients at risk.
- There are occasions when closed courts can be justified, although they offend against the principle that justice must be seen to be done.
- Evidence so admitted does not offend against the general rule.
late Middle English: from Old French offendre, from Latin offendere 'strike against'.