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offend against

1. To affront, betray, or violate the principles or laws of someone or something. Anyone who offends against the moral codes of our town will face strict, merciless punishment. Pardon me, madam. I did not mean to offend against you or your fair virtues. Police have been given the authority to arrest anyone offending against this law without a warrant or a trial.
2. To commit a sexual crime against someone. The team doctor had systematically offended against young gymnasts for nearly 20 years before he was finally arrested.
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offend (one) with (something)

To instill or instigate offense, anger, or displeasure in one by some words or actions. I think you may have offended our clients with your off-color remarks. Please don't offend my grandparents with any rude behavior, OK?
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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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There is a range of programmes and services provided or funded by government that aim to address offending within the broader context of the young person's life.
The aim is this should take place in a disciplined environment which challenges their offending. Ilderton is effectively a large garage and workshop where young people can work on cars and learn about how they function and are maintained.
Discussing this with my offender manager was helpful, after we had explored why I was resorting to offending behaviour.
"Through development of provision within the YOT and working closely with the local authority looked-after children team and other agencies, the YOT will work towards reducing offending and reoffending and the improvement of initial and longer term outcomes for looked-after children and young people."
"We are introducing reforms to break the cycle of youth offending including robust intervention, increasing the use of restorative justice and supporting local programmes which better tackle the root causes of youth crime and reoffending.
The authors said their findings "suggest the elevated risk of offending is independent of other family attributes more common among women who smoke during pregnancy, such as a history of mental illness and lower socio-economic status, and may be attributable to smoke exposure.
Gibson (juvenile justice and psychology, Prairie View A&M U.) and Vandiver (criminal justice, Texas State U.) wrote this book to counter prevailing misconceptions about the nature of juvenile sex offenders and of juvenile sex offending that have resulted in laws that both hinder rehabilitation and provide a false sense of security.
In Orwell's classic precautionary tale 1984, the hapless central character, Winston Smith, was employed by the totalitarian state's "Ministry of Truth." Smith's job was to scour the public statements made by Big Brother and "rectify" those that subsequently proved to be in error; he did this by excising the offending words from the database, reworking the public record to fit the current party line, and casting the offending comments down the "memory hole." In this way the Party and its embodiment, Big Brother, were always right.
This bulletin analyzes the relationships between violent victimization and violent offending across a 2-year period, using data for 5,003 juveniles age 11-17 years who participated in the National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health.
Hundreds of delegates working in youth offending nationwide were at the Learning Together conference at the National Motorcycle Museum, Solihull.
That is one of the five reasons our Lord requested the Five First Saturdays' prayers of reparation: "Here, my daughter, is the reason why the Immaculate Heart of Mary causes Me to ask for this small reparation, and because of it to move my mercy to forgive souls who had the misfortune of offending her."
If it's not offending people, it's not doing its job.
In so far as the process necessarily involves the potential offender in an attempt to weigh up the opportunities, costs, and benefits of offending, the decision-making is said to be rational (Cornish and Clarke 1986).
MILLIONS of pounds has been slashed from Birmingham's young offending budget since 2010.
Nationally, funding for Youth Offending Teams has been slashed by 56 per cent between 2010-11 and 2016-17.