When something offends someone, it makes them feel uncomfortable or angry. Sometimes the thing that offends someone is the way that they look, and other times it's the way that they behave.

  • The costume offended a lot of people, including the performer.

  • The movie offended a lot of people because it was very violent.

Definition of offends


hurt the feelings of


bruise, hurt, injure, spite, wound


act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises


breach, break, go against, infract, transgress, violate


strike with disgust or revulsion


appal, appall, outrage, scandalise, scandalize, shock


cause to feel resentment or indignation



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Example Sentences for offends

  • 1

    It won't offend the iconoclasts.

  • 2

    An offense is primarily in the eyes of the offended.

  • 3

    Nonviolent offenders' charge will be expunged.

  • 4

    It is a kind of frailty to be offended by anything.

  • 5

    He was not the most culpable offender.

  • 6

    The offence is lacerating, and the offender is unapologetic.

  • 7

    The offender was limited to the positioning of the charge.

  • 8

    Neither was offended by the metaphorical use of the word.

  • 9

    It is bound to offend the partisans of deceit and artifice.

  • 10

    The offender continued to walk toward the officer.