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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 ?
No man shall die save he who offends against the laws.
Let them bring me a comb here, or what they please, and curry this beard of mine, and if they get anything out of it that offends against cleanliness, let them clip me to the skin."
Alike with him who does wrong to a suppliant or a guest, or who goes up to his brother's bed and commits unnatural sin in lying with his wife, or who infatuately offends against fatherless children, or who abuses his old father at the cheerless threshold of old age and attacks him with harsh words, truly Zeus himself is angry, and at the last lays on him a heavy requittal for his evil doing.
"In case the US offends against our goodwill and clings to unlawful and outrageous acts, I will put forward a suggestion to our supreme leadership for reconsidering the DPRK-US summit," North Korean Vice Foreign Minister Choe Son-hui said in a statement carried by state-run Korean Central News Agency.
The court's reasoning - the lawyers and experts are better suited to criticising judicial decisions is not only clearly unreasonable but offends against common sense.
"We have specialist officers and resources in place tackling this type of offending and we are committed to using our resources and technology to pursue anyone who sexually offends against children - whether that offending took place today, last week or years ago.
However, Pamela Hood of the New Beginning group spoke persuasively against the design on offer, backing her arguments not only with some 50 comments from residents roundly rejecting the 1980s-style building, but with an analysis by a planning professional pointing out that the present offering offends against both national and local planning guidelines.
He said: "Mr Cushing does have an unenviable record and that record appears to describe a man who doesn't care about who he upsets, who he offends against or who is his victim.
"At the age of 27 he's beginning to understand the impact that he has, not only on those he offends against but also his family.
Robert Cooper was told by a Judge at Leamington Crown Court: "This behaviour offends against every concept of human decency and propriety.
" It has been brought to the notice of this ministry that the content of the reality show Bigg Boss Season 4 being aired on Colors TV offends against good taste and decency.
We in the Liberal Pary believe that that the CAP should be drastically reformed because it is is not working; it offends against every principle of free trade and, indeed, common sense.
That offends against every principle of democratic accountability and is just one more example of the undemocratic nature of the current Devolution settlement.
In the Constitutional Court, government accepted that same-sex partners are entitled to found their relationships compatibly with their sexual orientation and agreed that the restrictive legal meaning of the word 'spouse' not only offends against same-sex partners but also against heterosexual partners in permanent life--lasting relationships."
Clearly this offends against equality on two counts, being both ageist and lardist, and we must help His Excellency get over this self-loathing.