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to offend against
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Offend \Of*fend"\, v. i. 1. To transgress the moral or divine law; to commit a crime; to stumble; to sin. [1913 Webster] Whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all. --James ii. 10. [1913 Webster] If it be a sin to covet honor, I am the most offending soul alive. --Shak. [1913 Webster] 2. To cause dislike, anger, or vexation; to displease. [1913 Webster] I shall offend, either to detain or give it. --Shak. [1913 Webster] To offend against, to do an injury or wrong to; to commit an offense against. "We have offended against the Lord already." --2 Chron. xxviii. 13. [1913 Webster]