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offend against someone or something

to anger or affront someone or something. We do not wish to offend against anyone. He didn't realize that he offended against their cultural values.
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offend someone with something

to anger or affront someone with something. Don't offend us with your bad jokes. I offended Ralph with my constant niggling.
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References in classic literature ?
Ralph would have walked into any poverty-stricken debtor's house, and pointed him out to a bailiff, though in attendance upon a young child's death-bed, without the smallest concern, because it would have been a matter quite in the ordinary course of business, and the man would have been an offender against his only code of morality.
And thus I had a second escape, for they were convicted, and both hanged, being old offenders, though but young people.
If he were a criminal offender, he must surely be an incorrigible hypocrite; and if he were no offender, why should Mr Meagles have collared him in the Circumlocution Office?
interposed Renee, "I trust your wishes will not prosper, and that Providence will only permit petty offenders, poor debtors, and miserable cheats to fall into M.
The feuds of White Plume, however, had not been confined to the red men; he had much to say of brushes with bee hunters, a class of offenders for whom he seemed to cherish a particular abhorrence.
It has been used as a prison for political offenders for two or three hundred years, and its dungeon walls are scarred with the rudely carved names of many and many a captive who fretted his life away here and left no record of himself but these sad epitaphs wrought with his own hands.
Boy after boy, he called the offenders out and gave them their choice; and, boy by boy, each one elected to pay the fine imposed.
And, like his olden nights, his ukase went forth that there should be no quarrelling nor fighting, offenders to be dealt with by him personally.
The other is a House of Reformation for Juvenile Offenders.
The juvenile offenders had not such pleasant faces by a great deal, and in this establishment there were many boys of colour.
Among other useful inventions which she practised upon this class of offenders and bequeathed to posterity, was the art of inflicting an exquisitely vicious poke or dig with the wards of a key in the small of the back, near the spine.
Pott's door, which door itself opened, and displayed the great Pott accoutred as a Russian officer of justice, with a tremendous knout in his hand--tastefully typical of the stern and mighty power of the Eatanswill GAZETTE, and the fearful lashings it bestowed on public offenders.
The majority of these offenders received a sentence enhancement, accounting for 18 percent of the total drug offender population.
Meanwhile a freedom of information request from the NSPCC has revealed that in England and Wales there is just one member of police staff responsible for every 50 offenders on the sex offender register, which includes rapists and paedophiles.
In one popular model of offender rehabilitation called the Risk-Needs-Responsivity Model, Andrews and Bonta discuss the importance of responsivity, which calls for treatment interventions to consider the offender's personal strengths and socio-biological-personality factors.