offend etymology

English word offend comes from Latin ob, Latin fendo, Latin ob- (Towards; against.), Latin *fendere

Detailed word origin of offend

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ob Latin (lat) Against; facing. In the direction of, to, towards. On account of, according to, because of, due to, for (the purpose of).
fendo Latin (lat)
ob- Latin (lat) Towards; against.
*fendere Latin (lat)
offendo Latin (lat) An offence. (figuratively) I suffer damage, receive an injury.. I fail, am unfortunate.. I find fault, take offence.. I hit, thrust, strike.. I meet, encounter (someone).. I shock, vex, offend, mortify.. I stumble, blunder, commit offence.
offendre Old French (fro) To attack. To offend.
offendre Middle French (frm) To attack. To offend.
offend English (eng) (intransitive) To feel or become offended, take insult.. (intransitive) To sin, transgress divine law or moral rules.. (obsolete, transitive, archaic, biblical) To cause to stumble; to cause to sin or to fall.. (transitive) To annoy, cause discomfort or resent.. (transitive) To hurt the feelings of; to displease; to make angry; to insult.. (transitive) To physically harm, pain.. (transitive) [...]

Words with the same origin as offend

Descendants of ob
occasion occasional occupation occupational occupy occurrence offender offensive offer oppose oppression pose
Descendants of fendo
Descendants of ob-
bob object objection objective obligation oblige oblivion obscure observation observe obsessive obsolete obstacle obtain obvious occur opportunity