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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR UNOFFENDING

What's that to me that they are unoffending, when I am starving for next to no offence?

He was about to spit his disgust on an unoffending fly, but quickly changed his mind.

Was it that I might cheat my unoffending cousin of her rights?

I have torn all my hair off, and constantly beat my unoffending family.

Joshua and all Israel had not only stoned Achan, but with him all his unoffending house.

I was comforted by this conclusion, as I had no desire to shoot an unoffending person.

Heaven bless and preserve them; their unoffending daughters; and my ever loved uncle!

The death of the hero, innocent and unoffending, was not enough.

From these words Mr Best turned an unoffending face to Stephen.

At that moment he could have wished the unoffending Reggie at the bottom of the sea.

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.

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