offend

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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 ?
The more beautiful the flower is, the more does one offend God in despising it.
I have no desire to offend you, or to act harshly toward you," her ladyship began, very quietly.
He had not the tact, or the art, to effect such a purpose by skilfully drawing out my sentiments or ideas through the real or apparent statement of his own, or leading the conversation by imperceptible gradations to such topics as he wished to advert to: but such gentle abruptness, and such single-minded straightforwardness, could not possibly offend me.
You don't offend me--you do worse, you distress me.
He dared not speak, fearing to offend her as before, for he knew not what he could venture to say.
Promise, I beseech thee, that however in my ignorance I may offend, thou wilt forgive and remain always with me.
free to do anything but offend God and my conscience.
Very right,' said he, 'provided your conscience be not too morbidly tender, and your ideas of God not too erroneously severe; but can you suppose it would offend that benevolent Being to make the happiness of one who would die for yours?
In your anxiety for Helen's happiness you would offend the whole of these Wilcoxes by asking one of your impetuous questions--not that one minds offending them.
He obviously wants to offend me," pursued Sergey Ivanovitch; "but he cannot offend me, and I should have wished with all my heart to assist him, but I know it's impossible to do that.
Franklin Blake that she is a Christian, and that it is, therefore, quite impossible for him to offend her.
Franklin Blake that his last letter--evidently intended to offend her-- has not succeeded in accomplishing the object of the writer.
Senior police chiefs have reportedly told officers that they must not wear their black and white with thin blue line union flag on their uniforms while paying tribute to fallen comrades, in case the union flag offends anyone.
A man offends, gets arrested, sent to court, probably a few court hearings, gets a slap on the wrist, told to do some community work, offends again, goes through the same process again but has a fine added, offends again so gets a suspended sentence, offends again and gets sent to prison.
It's hypocritical to say that the flag of the country you have chosen to live in offends you.