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.

Definitions of offend
  1. verb
    cause to feel resentment or indignation
    “Her tactless remark offended me”
    synonyms: pique
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    make angry
  2. verb
    hurt the feelings of
    synonyms: 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
    type of:
    arouse, elicit, enkindle, evoke, fire, kindle, pique, provoke, raise
    call forth (emotions, feelings, and responses)
  3. verb
    strike with disgust or revulsion
    synonyms: appal, appall, outrage, scandalise, scandalize, shock
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    churn up, disgust, nauseate, revolt, sicken
    cause aversion in; offend the moral sense of
  4. verb
    act in disregard of laws, rules, contracts, or promises
    offend all laws of humanity”
    synonyms: breach, break, go against, infract, transgress, violate
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    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
    type of:
    show a lack of respect for
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