Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OFFENDS

He doesn't care whom he offends, so long as it isn't his wife.

Never mind, never mind, dear master, nothing that you say offends me.'

If what we are about to do offends Thee, then let me suffer for her.

That offends you, naturally; but I should say there was never a man more horribly in love!

It offends alike my physical system and my sense of proportion.

But this offends all the good fairies, and then where are you?

The water is not only muddy and unclean, but it offends the nose.

It offends only in spirit against Cain's word, "Am I my brother's keeper?"

She offended you, but you must remember that she offends everybody.

For it cannot be that anything should please that offends nature, or anything displease that complies with natural inclinations.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "to sin against (someone)," from Old French ofendre "transgress, antagonize," and directly from Latin offendere "to hit, strike against," figuratively "to stumble, commit a fault, displease, trespass against, provoke," from ob "against" (see ob-) + -fendere "to strike" (found only in compounds; see defend).

Meaning "to violate (a law), to make a moral false step, to commit a crime" is from late 14c. Meaning "to wound the feelings" is from late 14c. The literal sense of "to attack, assail" is attested from late 14c.; this has been lost in Modern English, but is preserved in offense and offensive. Related: Offended; offending.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.