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Topic: CRIME

Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old French
Origin: offendre, from Latin offendere 'to strike against, offend'

offend

verb
     
of‧fend
1 [intransitive and transitive] to make someone angry or upset by doing or saying something that they think is rude, unkind etc:
His remarks deeply offended many Scottish people.
be offended by/at something
Liddy was offended by such a personal question.
The careful language is designed not to offend.
2 [transitive] to seem bad or unacceptable to someone:
A solution must be found that doesn't offend too many people.
Some of these new buildings really offend the eye (=look very ugly).
3 [intransitive] formalSCC to commit a crime or crimes:
Many of the young men here are likely to offend again.
4 [intransitive and transitive] formal to be against people's feelings of what is morally acceptable
offend against
Broadcasters have a responsibility not to offend against good taste and decency.
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