Adjective "offending" definition and examples

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Definitions and examples


Cause to feel upset, annoyed, or resentful.
  1. 'I appreciate that this is a very emotive and difficult subject to discuss openly, and I therefore apologise unreservedly if any part of my opinion has upset or offended you.'
  2. 'Aboriginal people are deeply offended by it and that's quite understandable.'
  3. 'However, as it did nothing to either entertain or offend me, I am dismissing this case with prejudice.'
  4. 'I admit, I was really offended by that last remark.'
  5. 'People are well within their rights to be offended by such publications.'
  6. 'I feel rather offended by the suggestion, in fact.'
  7. 'I am sorry if I have upset or offended anyone that is reading this.'
  8. 'I tried to pretend I wasn't offended by his remark.'
  9. 'The teams involved said they ‘never set out to upset or offend anyone.’'
  10. 'She's upset and she's offended that anyone would try to profit from such photos.'
  11. 'the smell of ash offended him'
  12. 'This provides a lock for those who must use it or simply prefer to use it without offending the sensibilities of those who do not.'
  13. 'I am also offended at the waste of food in America, especially by young people.'
  14. 'The smell of burning flesh still offended his nostrils, but he ignored it.'
  15. 'But as much as such low-end food might offend my culinary sensibilities, I can drive right by.'
  16. 'Top offending foods identified were, in alphabetical order, barley, beef, chicken, lamb, potato, rice, soya and wheat.'
  17. 'We had not originally envisaged being concerned with offending behaviour per se nor with offenders.'
  18. 'They eat seafood and vegetables only; reportedly, the mere smell of pork offends their delicate senses.'
  19. 'To them if a practice offends their subjective sensibilities it must be unconstitutional.'
  20. 'Call me rigidly European, but it offends my sense of food order.'
  21. 'Food which offends taste will assuredly offend the stomach.'
Commit an illegal act.
  1. 'There have been cases which have been very successful and in the case of the young boy who stole the bike, he hasn't offended now for many, many years.'
  2. 'The project has been introduced to help police solve crimes and deter criminals from further offending.'
  3. 'I'm very confident that we are making a big difference these days into the lives of young people who are likely to commit crimes and to offend.'
  4. 'Well, your Honour, it would offend in two ways.'
  5. 'Criminals try to avoid offending in places where they are likely to be noticed.'
  6. 'He does not appear to be a young man who is likely to offend again in this way in the future.'
  7. 'A judge gave the 29-year-old a two-year conditional discharge meaning he will escape punishment unless he offends again.'
  8. 'The Criminal Justice Intervention Programme aims to help more criminals who offend to feed their habit get clean.'
  9. 'He offended on bail so often that magistrates remanded him in custody on March 25.'
  10. 'In many cases where young boys sexually offend there was a family history of emotional, sexual and physical abuse.'
  11. 'those activities which offend against public order and decency'
  12. 'These passages clearly offend against a number of the principles I have listed above.'
  13. 'Disjunctive properties offend against the principle that a genuine property is identical in its different particulars.'
  14. 'To maintain law and order, the judges have, and must have, power at once to deal with those who offend against it.'
  15. 'This was wrong, not only because it offended against the principle of equality but because in practice many women did have dependents.'
  16. 'Because, in my submission, it then offends against the principle that where the duties are pre-eminently spiritual certain presumptions arise.'
  17. 'Must he also offend against the rule of law by introducing a new form of detention without trial?'
  18. 'Evidence so admitted does not offend against the general rule.'
  19. 'There are occasions when closed courts can be justified, although they offend against the principle that justice must be seen to be done.'
  20. 'His submission in this context was that the scheme offended against elementary principles of public law.'
  21. 'He said that the question the judge put to the jury was improper and offended against the principle of random selection of the jury.'

More definitions

1. to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in: Even the hint of prejudice offends me.

2. to affect (the sense, taste, etc.) disagreeably.

3. to violate or transgress (a criminal, religious, or moral law).

4. to hurt or cause pain to.

5. (in Biblical use) to cause to fall into sinful ways. verb (used without object)

6. to cause resentful displeasure; irritate, annoy, or anger: a remark so thoughtless it can only offend.

7. to err in condu

More examples(as adjective)

"countries can be offending."

"words can be offending."

"governments can be offending."

"articles can be offending."

"remarks can be offending."

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(offend)Late Middle English: from Old French offendre, from Latin offendere ‘strike against’.