offend(redirected from be on the offensive)
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offend(Insult), verb abuse, affront, anger, annoy, be discourteous, be impolite, chagrin, displease, distress, embarrass, enrage, gall, horrify, hurt, incense, inflame, infuriate, injure, irk, irritate, laedere, madden, make angry, mortify, nettle, offendere, outrage, pain, pique, provoke, ridicule, rile, slight, snub, taunt, tease, treat with discourresy, treat with indignity, vex, wound
offend(Violate the law), verb break a law, break the law, commit a breach of the law, commit a crime, commit a fault, commit an infraction, commit offense, commit sin, contravene, disobey the law, disregard the law, err, infringe a law, misconduct oneself, peccare, trespass, violare
See also: affront, aggravate, annoy, antagonize, bait, disoblige, distress, estrange, harass, harry, hector, humiliate, irritate, mistreat, persecute, pique, plague, provoke, repel, trespass