give offence or give offence to someone
- . to cause annoyance or displeasure to someone
Example Sentences Including 'give offence'
"Having read the emails, I can confirm they are in very poor taste and likely to give offence in some quarters.
New Zealand Herald (2003)
A short letter would give offence and a long letter could involve you in tedious controversy.
Times, Sunday Times (2002)
He replied sweetly: "I never presume -it can give offence.
Times, Sunday Times (2001)
Lies and evasions might give offence , and we dare not offend them.
At the Stroke of Twelve
The tone of the letter was `so dictatorial and supercilious as to indicate the writer's intention that it should give offence '.
JOSIAH THE GREAT: The True Story of The Man Who Would Be King (2004)
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