offend verb

ADV. deeply, gravely, greatly He knew that he had offended her deeply. | mortally | slightly | easily He was very sensitive and easily offended.

VERB + OFFEND be likely to Omit anything that is likely to offend people. | be anxious not to, be careful not to, not mean to, take care not to She stopped mid-sentence, anxious not to offend him.

PREP. against Viewers complained that the programme offended against good taste.

PHRASES feel/look/sound offended She sounded offended when she replied.