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English verb: offend

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

SamplesHer tactless remark offended me.


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

Broader (hypernym)anger


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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