Definitions for: Offense


[n] a crime less serious than a felony
[n] the action of attacking the enemy
[n] a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
[n] a feeling of anger caused by being offended; "he took offence at my question"
[n] the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score



Webster (1913) Definition: Of*fense", Offence Of*fence", n. [F., fr. L.
offensa. See Offend.]
1. The act of offending in any sense; esp., a crime or a sin,
an affront or an injury.

Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised
again for our justification. --Rom. iv. 25.

I have given my opinion against the authority of two
great men, but I hope without offense to their
memories. --Dryden.

2. The state of being offended or displeased; anger;
displeasure.

He was content to give them just cause of offense,
when they had power to make just revenge. --Sir P.
Sidney.

3. A cause or occasion of stumbling or of sin. [Obs.]

Woe to that man by whom the offense cometh! --Matt.
xviii. 7.

Note: This word, like expense, is often spelled with a c. It
ought, however, to undergo the same change with
expense, the reasons being the same, namely, that s
must be used in offensive as in expensive, and is found
in the Latin offensio, and the French offense.

To take offense, to feel, or assume to be, injured or
affronted; to become angry or hostile.

Weapons of offense, those which are used in attack, in
distinction from those of defense, which are used to
repel.

Syn: Displeasure; umbrage; resentment; misdeed; misdemeanor;
trespass; transgression; delinquency; fault; sin; crime;
affront; indignity; outrage; insult.

Synonyms: discourtesy, infraction, infringement, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, offence, offence, offence, offensive, offensive activity, umbrage, violation

Antonyms: defence, defending team, defense

See Also: affront, anger, bearing false witness, behavior, behaviour, breach of the peace, choler, conduct, counteroffensive, crime, derision, disorderly behavior, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, doings, false pretence, false pretense, indecent exposure, indelicacy, insolence, insult, ire, law-breaking, lying under oath, military operation, operation, perjury, presumption, public nudity, push back, rebuff, ridicule, rollback, sedition, slight, squad, team

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