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Synonyms for offend
əˈfɛndof·fend

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English Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. offend

    One may be annoyed by the well-meaning awkwardness of a servant, irritated by a tight shoe or a thoughtless remark, vexed at some careless neglect or needless misfortune, wounded by the ingratitude of child or friend. To tease is to give some slight and perhaps playful annoyance. Aggravate in the sense of offend is colloquial. To provoke, literally to call out or challenge, is to begin a contest; one provokes another to violence. To affront is to offer some defiant offense or indignity, as it were, to one's face; it is somewhat less than to insult. Compare PIQUE.

    Synonyms:
    affront, aggravate, annoy, displease, exasperate, insult, irritate, provoke, tease, vex, wound

    Antonyms:
    conciliate, content, gratify, honor, please

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. offend

    Synonyms:
    displease, affront, outrage, irritate, shock, annoy, pain, wound, nettle, vex, err, fall

    Antonyms:
    conciliate, gratify, please

Princeton's WordNet

  1. pique, offendverb

    cause to feel resentment or indignation

    "Her tactless remark offended me"

    Synonyms:
    injure, hurt, spite, go against, violate, appall, outrage, shock, transgress, scandalise, pique, break, appal, scandalize, bruise, breach, infract, wound

  2. transgress, offend, infract, violate, go against, breach, breakverb

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

    "offend all laws of humanity"; "violate the basic laws or human civilization"; "break a law"; "break a promise"

    Synonyms:
    crack, break away, plunder, soften, reveal, give out, unwrap, conk out, spite, part, collapse, disclose, die, transgress, ruin, founder, weaken, rape, outrage, discover, trespass, snap off, stop, go, demote, wear out, break out, separate, split, give away, damp, smash, interrupt, spoil, appal, wound, overstep, relegate, bring out, violate, hurt, divulge, pause, break-dance, assault, get around, ravish, cave in, let on, buck, pique, desecrate, check, break up, breach, break in, give, split up, dishonour, better, gap, burst, injure, break off, dishonor, bust, erupt, bruise, recrudesce, break dance, go against, dampen, fall in, bump, let out, scandalise, fall apart, kick downstairs, scandalize, profane, fracture, break down, shock, infract, fail, come apart, bankrupt, develop, give way, sin, expose, break, go bad, discontinue, despoil, intermit, get out, appall, wear

  3. shock, offend, scandalize, scandalise, appal, appall, outrageverb

    strike with disgust or revulsion

    "The scandalous behavior of this married woman shocked her friends"

    Synonyms:
    dishonour, scandalise, ravish, profane, traumatize, dishonor, traumatise, desecrate, spite, transgress, injure, floor, scandalize, appal, wound, blow out of the water, break, horrify, alarm, ball over, dismay, hurt, breach, rape, violate, infract, shock, take aback, outrage, appall, assault, bruise, go against, pique

  4. hurt, wound, injure, bruise, offend, spiteverb

    hurt the feelings of

    "She hurt me when she did not include me among her guests"; "This remark really bruised my ego"

    Synonyms:
    injure, hurt, suffer, smart, violate, shock, appall, wound, transgress, scandalise, pique, contuse, appal, scandalize, outrage, bruise, go against, breach, pain, infract, spite, anguish, ache, break

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Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. offendverb

    Synonyms:
    affront, displease, vex, chafe, annoy, irritate, provoke, nettle, fret, gall, give offence to, make angry

  2. offendverb

    Synonyms:
    shock, wound, pain

  3. offendverb

    Synonyms:
    give offence

  4. offendverb

    Synonyms:
    transgress, sin, do wrong, commit offence

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. offendverb

    Synonyms:
    displease, affront, provoke, mortify, exasperate, incense, wound, shock

PPDB, the paraphrase database

  1. List of paraphrases for "offend":

    insult, disparage, offended

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How to use offend in a sentence?

  1. Volodymyr Knyr:

    The real beauty's "No" does not offend, you know.

  2. Joe Rogan:

    I certainly would never want to offend someone for entertainment with something as stupid as racism.

  3. Thierry Wizman:

    This strikes me as a political decision, not a rules-based decision, it sounds like the administration is trying not to offend allies here ... those allies that are going to be most important in containing China.

  4. Victoria Spartz:

    I also care deeply about people's lives -- the lives of ordinary Ukrainians and the brave Ukrainian military. I can not let them down even if that means saying unpopular truths that offend the politicians or diverge from the popular narrative of the day, i will never give up or give in, and I will do everything I can to see a united Ukraine and a defeated Vladimir Putin.

  5. Ernest Villejoin:

    I know Wayne didn’t do this on purpose. He didn’t do this [to] offend anybody. I apologize that it offended, believe me.


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