Of·fend v. t. [imp. & p. p. Offended; p. pr. & vb. n. Offending.]
1. To strike against; to attack; to assail. [Obs.]
2. To displease; to make angry; to affront.
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city. --Prov. xviii. 19.
3. To be offensive to; to harm; to pain; to annoy; as, strong light offends the eye; to offend the conscience.
4. To transgress; to violate; to sin against. [Obs.]
Marry, sir, he hath offended the law. --Shak.
5. Script. To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall. [Obs.]
Who hath you misboden or offended. --Chaucer.
If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out . . . And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off. --Matt. v. 29, 3O.
Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them. --Ps. cxix. 165.
Of·fend, v. i.
1. To transgress the moral or divine law; to commit a crime; to stumble; to sin.
Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. --James ii. 10.
If it be a sin to covet honor,
I am the most offending soul alive. --Shak.
2. To cause dislike, anger, or vexation; to displease.
I shall offend, either to detain or give it. --Shak.
To offend against, to do an injury or wrong to; to commit an offense against. “We have offended against the Lord already.”
v 1: cause to feel resentment or indignation; "Her tactless
remark offended me" [syn: pique]
2: act in disregard of laws and rules; "offend all laws of
humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization";
"break a law" [syn: transgress, infract, violate, go
against, breach, break]
3: strike with disgust or revulsion; "The scandalous behavior
of this married woman shocked her friends" [syn: shock,
scandalize, scandalise, appal, appall, outrage]
4: hurt the feelings of; "She hurt me when she did not include
me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised me ego"
[syn: hurt, wound, injure, bruise, spite]