give offense to


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give offense to

To cause tension or displeasure. I tried to choose my words carefully, but, due to the controversial subject matter, I feared that I would give offense to the committee no matter what I said.
See also: give, offense
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While President Nichol felt compelled to censor the Christian symbol so as not to give offense to anyone, he felt no similar compulsion to shield students from obscene, sacrilegious programs on campus.
Whatever the religious roots of their concerns with, say, the toleration of difference, respect for law, or the pursuit of the good life, it has become increasingly obvious that their Christianity has melded into a vague humanism that tries, above all, to give offense to no one.
The campaign really isn't intended to give offense to the prevailing culture," Schirf told The Salt Lake Tribune in a copyright story.
In a heroic gesture on behalf of denture-wearers everywhere, Breen put his censorious foot down: "The business of the man taking out his false teeth strikes us as a piece of business which will give offense to mixed audiences"--a sentence so preposterous it sounds like something Fields himself might have written.
The first is the most obvious: that it is wrong to give offense to other citizens and you must practice restraint - you have to respect other people's lives and properties.
there was a cogent case against Helen, the Foundation's chief fund raiser, proclaiming views that were likely to give offense to many potential donors.