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When one is taking offense one is interpreting the others speech to be offensive. This need not be need offensive in itself but in practise it is used to justify counteroffence.

When used with "pure motives" taking offense informs that feelings were hurt. This leaves the option for the speaker to be sorry or watch more carefully that they don't in the future unnnecceraily break feelings.

When used with "bad motives" it can be an attempt to make a guilt trap where there didn't need to be one. Still whether one expresses quilt or not is not a forced move. There migth be a way of showing that the party is silly or unreasonable in taking offence on what was said. If someone with a napoleon complex takes offence that you don't kneel down to wittness their ruling of the world you might successfully argue that you are not a heartless bastard for not playing along.