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verb offend pronunciation in American English /əˈfend/
Word Forms
present tense
present participleoffending
past tenseoffended
past participleoffended
  1. 1
    [transitive] to make someone upset and angry by doing or saying something

    They avoided saying anything that might offend their audience.

    The chairman did not seem offended by the criticism.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to commit a crime

    Over half the prisoners released had offended again within a year.

  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] formal to break a law or rule, or to do something against your principles
    offend against:

    offend against morality

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We feel both saddened and offended.


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a derogatory word used for referring to people in the banking and investment industry who are thought of as taking serious risks in order to increase their own earnings …

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