If you hurt someone's feelings, you offend that person. You might accidentally offend your friend when you joke about the worst restaurant in town, not realizing it's her favorite place to eat.

If you do something that makes another person resent you, you offend them. Your friends might not mind because you're so humble, but it could offend other classmates when the teachers always pick you for awards and honors. You also offend when you cause disgust or distaste. After your week of camping — and not showering — your smell will probably offend the nose of anyone who has to sit near you.

Primary Meanings of offend

cause to feel resentment or indignation
act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
Full Definitions of offend

v cause to feel resentment or indignation

“Her tactless remark offended me”
Type of:
make angry

v hurt the feelings of

bruise, hurt, injure, spite, wound
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affront, diss, insult
treat, mention, or speak to rudely
deeply hurt the feelings of; distress
cause an emotional pain, as if by stinging
abase, chagrin, humble, humiliate, mortify
cause to feel shame; hurt the pride of
crush, demolish, smash
humiliate or depress completely
degrade, demean, disgrace, put down, take down
reduce in worth or character, usually verbally
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arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, provoke, raise
call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)

v strike with disgust or revulsion

appal, appall, outrage, scandalise, scandalize, shock
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churn up, disgust, nauseate, revolt, sicken
cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of

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

offend all laws of humanity”
breach, break, go against, infract, transgress, violate
keep, observe
conform one's action or practice to
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sin, transgress, trespass
commit a sin; violate a law of God or a moral law
blunder, boob, drop the ball, goof, sin
commit a faux pas or a fault or make a serious mistake
conflict, contravene, infringe, run afoul
go against, as of rules and laws
break the law
intrude, trespass
enter unlawfully on someone's property
yield to temptation or sin
break, break in
enter someone's (virtual or real) property in an unauthorized manner, usually with the intent to steal or commit a violent act
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show a lack of respect for

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