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Offense

2 definitions found

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Offense \Of*fense"\, Offence \Of*fence"\, noun [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; as, to cause offense.

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.

4. In any contest, the act or process of attacking as contrasted with the act of defending; the offensive; as, to go on the offense. [PJC]

5. (Sports) The members of a team who have the primary responsibility to score goals, in contrast to those who have the responsibility to defend, i.e. to prevent the opposing team from scoring goal. [PJC]

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.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

offense

noun

1: a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others [syn: {discourtesy}, {offense}, {offence}, {offensive activity}]

2: a feeling of anger caused by being offended; "he took offence at my question" [syn: {umbrage}, {offense}, {offence}]

3: (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes" [syn: {crime}, {offense}, {criminal offense}, {criminal offence}, {offence}, {law-breaking}]

4: the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score [syn: {offense}, {offence}] [ant: {defence}, {defending team}, {defense}]

5: the action of attacking an enemy [syn: {offense}, {offence}, {offensive}]

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