be offended

See: resent
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"Nay, ma'am, to be sure he meant nothing by it, therefore I would not have your ladyship be offended."--"Prithee tell me," says Sophia; "I will know it this instant."--"Why, ma'am," answered Mrs Honour, "he came into the room one day last week when I was at work, and there lay your ladyship's muff on a chair, and to be sure he put his hands into it; that very muff your ladyship gave me but yesterday.
`and why it is you hate--C and D,' she added in a whisper, half afraid that it would be offended again.
Will you promise not to be offended with me if I confess the truth?"
I was far too anxious to find my way into his confidence--now that he had touched of his own accord on the subject of Eustace's first wife--to be offended with Miserrimus Dexter.
I certainly know many people who would be offended by being called pet, darling etc and find it offensive.
People, whether Muslims or others, have every right to be offended, to voice their rejection, to condemn, to criticize, to protest, but to do so peacefully and respectfully." In response to a question about Her Majesty's participation in the Paris Unity March, Queen Rania explained that people from the Middle East region knew only too well the sense of loss that the French people were feeling "because, sadly, it is a daily and heartbreaking reality in so many parts of the Arab world, from Syria to Iraq, Palestine, Lebanon and elsewhere.
No one cares if you think you can speak for others who might be offended, too.
We are dealing with people who have not even read the book in order to be offended. They are simply upset that such a book which they've heard is anti-Islamic should ever have been written.
It seems that we are not allowed to offend people from other countries, but we are allowed to be offended by doing nothing wrong but supporting the country we live in.
Or, if more likely, they are not simply merely highly selective in what they choose to be offended by.
'It is sad that some people should be offended by this.' Rina Davidson of Greenock, Josephine Owens from Baillieston, and Michael Connor in Peterborough all rang in on the same theme.
If a member of another faith were to be offended by the sight of a spicy bun marked into quarters with a cross, how much more should they be offended by the reason that they are deemed to be living ``In the year of our Lord 2003''.