June 13, 2013
- offend (verb)
- What does it mean?
- 1 : to do wrong : sin2 : to cause to be angry or annoyed : displease
- How do you use it?
- She carefully worded her text message so as not to offend anyone.
- Are you a word wiz?
Which word do you think is a synonym of "offend"?Both "offend" and "affront" refer to causing hurt feelings or deep resentment. "Offend" can imply intentional unkindness, but it can also suggest a violation of what is proper or fitting, as in "I hoped that my remarks did not offend them." "Affront" implies treating with deliberate rudeness or indifference to courtesy, as in "We were deeply affronted by his lack of concern." Two other synonyms are "outrage" and "insult." "Outrage" implies causing anger or resentment, as in "We were outraged by their accusations." "Insult" suggests deliberately causing humiliation, hurt pride, or shame, as in "They insulted every guest at the party with their rude comments."