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.
adj : offending against or breaking a law or rule; "contracts
offending against the statute were canceled" [ant: unoffending]