1. offending against or breaking a law or rule; - Example: "contracts offending against the statute were canceled"
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Offend \Of*fend\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Offended; p. pr. & vb.
n. Offending.] [OF. offendre, L. offendere, offensum; ob
(see Ob-) + fendere (in comp.) to thrust, dash. See
1. To strike against; to attack; to assail. [Obs.] --Sir P.
2. To displease; to make angry; to affront.
A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong
city. --Prov. xviii.
3. To be offensive to; to harm; to pain; to annoy; as, strong
light offends the eye; to offend the conscience.
4. To transgress; to violate; to sin against. [Obs.]
Marry, sir, he hath offended the law. --Shak.
5. (Script.) To oppose or obstruct in duty; to cause to
stumble; to cause to sin or to fall. [Obs.]
Who hath you misboden or offended. --Chaucer.
If thy right eye offend thee, pluck it out . . . And
if thy right hand offend thee, cut it off. --Matt.
v. 29, 3O.
Great peace have they which love thy law, and
nothing shall offend them. --Ps. cxix.
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
adj 1: offending against or breaking a law or rule; "contracts
offending against the statute were canceled" [ant: