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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 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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References in classic literature ?
During the course of these troubles, the emperors of Blefusca did frequently expostulate by their ambassadors, accusing us of making a schism in religion, by offending against a fundamental doctrine of our great prophet Lustrog, in the fifty-fourth chapter of the Blundecral (which is their Alcoran).
I know you can never be happy except by marrying a man in your own station; and if I were to marry you now, I should only be adding to any wrong I have done, besides offending against my duty in the other relations of life.
Will paused, imagining that it would be impossible for Dorothea to misunderstand this; indeed he felt that he was contradicting himself and offending against his self-approval in speaking to her so plainly; but still--it could not be fairly called wooing a woman to tell her that he would never woo her.
He was banned from contacting her and encouraging others to do so following an investigation involving more serious offending against her.
He has a record of offending against old, vulnerable victims.
Judge Simon Hickey told him: "This was a catalogue of sexual offending against young girls and boys spanning a quarter of a century.
What appeared to be offending against three men in the winter of 2016 is now revealed to be systematic offending against nine men over a period of two years," the judge said.
Passing sentence, Judge Lord Arthurson told the accused: "You have been found guilty of crimes concerning offending against ...
Lord Arthurson told him: "You have been convicted of serious sexual offending against two young girls with whom you had a role as their school teacher."
Also rejecting Vinothan's sentence appeal, he described his crimes as "serious and persistent predatory offending against a number of children".
Judge Simon Medland QC said: "This was a prolonged course of repeated criminal offending against the same victim."
The statement continued: "The issue of offending against children has risen in profile as a result of a number of high-profile cases, including Operation Chalice in 2013.
Matt Forde of NSPCC Scotland said: "These figures show a worrying trend in offending against children and should be a red flag to both the public and the Government."
"This is extremely serious offending against vulnerable members of our society and that is the basis upon which I intend to sentence."