American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. One that offends, especially one that breaks a public law: a corrections institution for youthful offenders.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. One who offends; one who transgresses or violates a law, whether human or divine; one who infringes rules and regulations; one who acts contrary to the rights of others, or to social rule or custom; one who displeases or annoys; one who gives offense, or incurs the dislike or resentment of another.
- n. Synonyms Offender, Delinquent, culprit. Offender differs from delinquent in that a delinquent is, strictly, a negative transgressor, one who neglects to comply with the requirements of the law, whereas an offender is a positive transgressor, one who violates law or social rule. Both are general words, covering the offenses or delinquencies under divine or human laws, social usages, etc.
- n. One who gives or causes offense.
- n. A person who commits an offense against the law, a lawbreaker.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. One who offends; one who violates any law, divine or human; a wrongdoer.
- n. a person who transgresses moral or civil law
“The main offender is Suresh, who has suddenly developed a total fascination with superpowers and whether it would be possible to give superpowers to regular people.”
““In the event that the life sentence cannot be imposed because the offender is a juvenile, then the Court shall substitute a fixed sentence of 60 years for rape (and other violence against person and sex crimes) and 50 years for crimes soley involving property.””
“I agree one needs to punish bad behavior, but for personal insults of the non-lawbreaking sort, mere shunning and avoidance of the offender is a pretty good strategy.”
“Arranging a plea bargain to avoid a lengthy mandatory minimum jail sentence while accomplishing all my other goals and constructing a sentence that address the offender is a job welldone.”
“City drivers, especially those of us who hail from the North, will continue to drive and beep the horn wildly and angrily gesture, whether the offender is an elected official or not.”
“If the offence for which the offender is arrested is one above the CPS charging standard, probably fair enough, but unfortunately it sounds as if the offence for which the offender is arrested is one above the offence in law.”
“Clearly, finding Mr. Yellowknee to be a long-term offender is less controversial than finding him to be a dangerous offender.”
“Another offender is the Republican Party hack and blowhard Jay Dardenne, the Louisiana Secretary of State.”
“If a defendant found to be a long-term offender is granted an appeal, the court may either quash the supervision order or order a new hearing.”
“For that crime, a person pays with his whole life; if the offender is a nation, it pays with its history.”
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