from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun The act of causing anger, resentment, displeasure, or affront.
  • noun The state of being offended.
  • noun A violation or infraction of a moral or social code; a transgression or sin.
  • noun A transgression of law; a crime.
  • noun Something that outrages moral sensibilities.
  • noun The act of attacking or assaulting.
  • noun The means or tactics used in attempting to score.
  • noun The team in possession of the ball or puck, or those players whose primary duty is to attempt to score.
  • noun Scoring ability or potential.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun Assault; attack: as, weapons or arms of offense.
  • noun Harm; hurt; injury.
  • noun Transgression; sin; fault; wrong.
  • noun Specifically, in law: A crime or misdemeanor; a transgression of law. It implies a violation of law for which the public authorities may prosecute, not merely one which gives rise to a private cause of action only. More specifically
  • noun A misdemeanor or transgression of the law which is not indictable, but is punishable summarily or by the forfeiture of a penalty.
  • noun Affront; insult; injustice; wrong; that which wounds the feelings and causes displeasure or resentment.
  • noun Displeasure; annoyance; mortification; umbrage; anger.
  • noun See the adjectives.
  • noun Synonyms Misdeed, fault, delinquency, indignity, trespass. Referring to the comparison under crime, it may be added that offense is a very indefinite word, covering the whole range of the others, while misdemeanor is a specific word, applying to an act which is cognizable by civil, school, family, or other authority, and does not appear in the aspect of an offense against anything but law or rules.
  • noun Indignation, resentment.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun The act of offending in any sense; esp., a crime or a sin, an affront or an injury.
  • noun The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.
  • noun obsolete A cause or occasion of stumbling or of sin.
  • noun In any contest, the act or process of attacking as contrasted with the act of defending; the offensive.
  • noun (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.
  • noun to feel, or assume to be, injured or affronted; to become angry or hostile.
  • noun those which are used in attack, in distinction from those of defense, which are used to repel.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun The act of offending; a crime or sin; an affront or injury.
  • noun The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.
  • noun team sports (often IPA: /ˈɒ fɛns/) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defense.
  • noun team sports (often IPA: /ˈɒ fɛns/) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defense.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
  • noun the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
  • noun the action of attacking an enemy
  • noun a feeling of anger caused by being offended
  • noun (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, from Old French ofense, from Latin offēnsa, from feminine past participle of offendere, to offend; see offend.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Latin offensa ("a striking against; displeasure; injury")


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