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English verb: offend

1. offend (emotion) cause to feel resentment or indignation


SamplesHer tactless remark offended me.


Synonymspique


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)anger


Causeresent

2. offend (social) act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises


SamplesOffend all laws of humanity.
Violate the basic laws or human civilization.
Break a law.
Break a promise.


Synonymsbreach, break, go against, infract, transgress, violate


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something


Broader (hypernym)disrespect


Narrower (hyponym)blunder, boob, conflict, contravene, drop the ball, goof, infringe, intrude, run afoul, sin, sin, transgress, trespass, trespass, trespass


Antonymskeep, observe

3. offend (emotion) strike with disgust or revulsion


SamplesThe scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends.


ExamplesThe bad news will offend him, The performance is likely to offend Sue


Synonymsappal, appall, outrage, scandalise, scandalize, shock


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)churn up, disgust, nauseate, revolt, sicken

4. offend (emotion) hurt the feelings of


SamplesShe hurt me when she did not include me among her guests.
This remark really bruised my ego.


ExamplesSam cannot offend Sue


Synonymsbruise, hurt, injure, spite, wound


Pattern of useSomebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody


Broader (hypernym)arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise


Narrower (hyponym)abase, affront, chagrin, diss, humble, humiliate, insult, lacerate, mortify, sting









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