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of·fend

offend

 
 
pronunciation:
fend
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part of speech: verb
inflections: offends, offending, offended
definition: to cause to be angry, annoyed, or insulted.
Cruelty to animals offends most people.I was offended when he called me a liar.
synonyms:
abuse, affront, anger, insult, torment
similar words:
aggravate, embarrass, exasperate, humiliate, incense, injure, outrage, slight, snub, wound
derivation: offender (n.)
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The word offend contains the following part:
of- Latin prefix that means towards; against; away
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The prefix of- is an assimilated form of ob- used before roots beginning with "f." See ob-.
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