For instance, if I am mad, I can manage my madness, grumpy people exist in a state of grumpiness. What is the noun associated with being offended? Offendedness doesn't seem right

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    It sounds like you're offended that there is no such term.
    – Hot Licks
    Aug 31, 2017 at 13:07
  • Perhaps, sensitive to comments?
    – NVZ
    Aug 31, 2017 at 13:09
  • Offendedness is good enough for Salman Rushdie salon.com/2013/08/15/…
    – Spagirl
    Aug 31, 2017 at 13:16
  • I'm fond of dudgeon. Aug 31, 2017 at 14:00
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    Isn't it just offence? Otherwise, I like "umbrage".
    – JonLarby
    Aug 31, 2017 at 14:12

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Dictionary.com lists "offendedness" as an acceptable noun:

Related forms

  • offendable, adjective
  • offendedly, adverb
  • offendedness, noun
  • offender, noun
  • half-offended, adjective

But I do agree with you that it sounds a bit stilted. Regardless, it is still correct.

Though there is no synonymous noun (none that I can find, at least), there are alternatives that you can use.

Using a gerund, you can convert a verb into a noun. This means that "to take offense" and "to be offended" are valid when you use them as a gerund:

  • I tried to avoid taking offense.
  • I know I am sensitive to being offended.

Despite being constantly cautioned by Windows, I use offendedness, as there doesn't seem to be any exact synonym for the state. e.g.: "We live in a climate of perpetual offendedness, the society of the inherently aggrieved."

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    This is essentially the same as the previous answer. Jul 4, 2021 at 2:53

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