be offensive

References in classic literature ?
If, in the explanation of them, which is due to myself, I am under the necessity of relating feelings which may be offensive to yours, I can only say that I am sorry.
Then they'll introduce a new word that is not perceived to be offensive, primarily because no one will know what it means.
Finally, organizers say city officials told them the event was barred because it would be offensive to Japanese-Americans.
Los Angeles gay and lesbian advocates said the question on the billboard wasn't offensive in and of itself, but they were concerned the campaign could be followed by an answer that might be offensive.