Definition for OF-FEND'

OF-FEND', v.i.

  1. To transgress the moral or divine law; to sin; to commit a crime. Whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, is guilty of all. James ii. In many things we all offend. James iii.
  2. To cause dislike or anger. I shall offend, either to detain or to give it. Shak. But this phrase is really elliptical, some person being understood.
  3. To be scandalized; to be stumbled. If meat make my brother to offend – 1 Cor. viii. To offend against, to act injuriously or unjustly. Nor yet against Cesar have I offended any thing at all. Acts xxv. #2. To transgress; to violate; as, to offend against the laws of society, the laws of God, or the rules of civility or propriety. We have offended against the Lord already. 2 Chron. xxviii.

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