Offend
Offend Of*fend, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Offended}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Offending}.] [OF. offendre, L. offendere, offensum; ob (see {Ob-}) + fendere (in comp.) to thrust, dash. See {Defend}.] 1. To strike against; to attack; to assail. [Obs.] --Sir P. Sidney. [1913 Webster]

2. To displease; to make angry; to affront. [1913 Webster]

A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city. --Prov. xviii. 19. [1913 Webster]

3. To be offensive to; to harm; to pain; to annoy; as, strong light offends the eye; to offend the conscience. [1913 Webster]

4. To transgress; to violate; to sin against. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Marry, sir, he hath offended the law. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

5. (Script.) To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall. [Obs.] [1913 Webster]

Who hath you misboden or offended. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out . . . And if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off. --Matt. v. 29, 3O. [1913 Webster]

Great peace have they which love thy law, and nothing shall offend them. --Ps. cxix. 165. [1913 Webster]


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  • offend — verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo French offendre, from Latin offendere to strike against, offend, from ob against + fendere to strike more at ob , defend Date: 14th century intransitive verb 1. a. to transgress the moral or divine law ; …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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