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a. The act of causing anger, resentment, displeasure, or affront.
b. The state of being offended.
a. A violation or infraction of a moral or social code; a transgression or sin.
b. A transgression of law; a crime.
3. Something that outrages moral sensibilities: Genocide is an offense to all civilized humans.
4. (ŏf′ĕns′) The act of attacking or assaulting.
5. (ŏf′ĕns′) Sports
a. The means or tactics used in attempting to score.
b. The team in possession of the ball or puck, or those players whose primary duty is to attempt to score.
c. Scoring ability or potential.

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

(əˈfɛns or, for 9, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns)

1. a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin.
2. a transgression of the law; misdemeanor.
3. something that offends or displeases.
4. the act of offending or displeasing.
5. the feeling of resentment caused: to give offense.
6. aggression or assault: weapons of offense.
7. a person, army, etc., that is attacking.
a. the team unit responsible for scoring in a game.
b. a pattern or style of scoring attack.
c. offensive effectiveness; ability to score.
9. Archaic. injury, harm, or hurt.
[1325–75; Middle English, in part < Middle French offens < Latin offēnsus collision, knock, dislike, derivative of offendere (see offend); in part < Middle French offense < Latin offēnsa striking against, displeasure, derivative of offendere]
syn: See crime.
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An action that breaks a law, especially a crime.
Dictionary of Unfamiliar Words by Diagram Group Copyright © 2008 by Diagram Visual Information Limited
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.offense - a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
behavior, conduct, doings, behaviour - manner of acting or controlling yourself
derision, ridicule - the act of deriding or treating with contempt
indelicacy - an impolite act or expression
insolence - an offensive disrespectful impudent act
affront, insult - a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect; "turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"
presumption - a kind of discourtesy in the form of an act of presuming; "his presumption was intolerable"
rebuff, slight - a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)
2.offense - a feeling of anger caused by being offendedoffense - a feeling of anger caused by being offended; "he took offence at my question"
anger, ire, choler - a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance
3.offense - (criminal law) an act punishable by lawoffense - (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act; "a long record of crimes"
evildoing, transgression - the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle; "the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"
barratry - the offense of vexatiously persisting in inciting lawsuits and quarrels
capital offense - a crime so serious that capital punishment is considered appropriate
cybercrime - crime committed using a computer and the internet to steal a person's identity or sell contraband or stalk victims or disrupt operations with malevolent programs
felony - a serious crime (such as murder or arson)
forgery - criminal falsification by making or altering an instrument with intent to defraud
fraud - intentional deception resulting in injury to another person
Had crime - (Islam) serious crimes committed by Muslims and punishable by punishments established in the Koran; "Had crimes include apostasy from Islam and murder and theft and adultery"
highjack, hijack - seizure of a vehicle in transit either to rob it or divert it to an alternate destination
mayhem - the willful and unlawful crippling or mutilation of another person
infraction, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, violation, infringement - a crime less serious than a felony
perpetration, committal, commission - the act of committing a crime
attempt, attack - the act of attacking; "attacks on women increased last year"; "they made an attempt on his life"
Tazir crime - (Islam) minor crimes committed by Muslims; crimes that are not mentioned in the Koran so judges are free to punish the offender in any appropriate way; "in some Islamic nations Tazir crimes are set by legislation"
regulatory offence, regulatory offense, statutory offence, statutory offense - crimes created by statutes and not by common law
thuggery - violent or brutal acts as of thugs
high treason, lese majesty, treason - a crime that undermines the offender's government
vice crime - a vice that is illegal
victimless crime - an act that is legally a crime but that seem to have no victims; "he considers prostitution to be a victimless crime"
war crime - a crime committed in wartime; violation of rules of war
criminal law - the body of law dealing with crimes and their punishment
abduct, kidnap, nobble, snatch - take away to an undisclosed location against their will and usually in order to extract a ransom; "The industrialist's son was kidnapped"
shanghai, impress - take (someone) against his will for compulsory service, especially on board a ship; "The men were shanghaied after being drugged"
commandeer, highjack, hijack, pirate - take arbitrarily or by force; "The Cubans commandeered the plane and flew it to Miami"
skyjack - subject an aircraft to air piracy; "the plane was skyjacked to Uzbekistan"
carjack - take someone's car from him by force, usually with the intention of stealing it; "My car was carjacked last night!"
extort - obtain through intimidation
blackmail - obtain through threats
scalp - sell illegally, as on the black market
bootleg - sell illicit products such as drugs or alcohol; "They were bootlegging whiskey"
black market, run - deal in illegally, such as arms or liquor
fob off, foist off, palm off - sell as genuine, sell with the intention to deceive
push - sell or promote the sale of (illegal goods such as drugs); "The guy hanging around the school is pushing drugs"
black marketeer - deal on the black market
pyramid - use or deal in (as of stock or commercial transaction) in a pyramid deal
ransom, redeem - exchange or buy back for money; under threat
traffic - deal illegally; "traffic drugs"
rustle, lift - take illegally; "rustle cattle"
shoplift - steal in a store
stick up, hold up - rob at gunpoint or by means of some other threat
mug - rob at gunpoint or with the threat of violence; "I was mugged in the streets of New York last night"
pirate - copy illegally; of published material
plagiarise, plagiarize, lift - take without referencing from someone else's writing or speech; of intellectual property
crib - take unauthorized (intellectual material)
bribe, grease one's palms, buy, corrupt - make illegal payments to in exchange for favors or influence; "This judge can be bought"
rake off - take money from an illegal transaction
buy off, pay off - pay someone with influence in order to receive a favor
4.offense - the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
team, squad - a cooperative unit (especially in sports)
defending team, defence, defense - (sports) the team that is trying to prevent the other team from scoring; "his teams are always good on defense"
5.offense - the action of attacking an enemyoffense - the action of attacking an enemy  
military operation, operation - activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign); "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"
counteroffensive - a large scale offensive (more than a counterattack) undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from an attacking force
dirty war - an offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims; "thousands of people disappeared and were killed during Argentina's dirty war in the late 1970s"
push back, rollback - the act of forcing the enemy to withdraw
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1. An act that offends a person's sense of pride or dignity:
2. Extreme displeasure caused by an insult or slight:
4. Something that offends one's sense of propriety, fairness, or justice:
5. A serious breaking of the public law:
Law: felony.
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, offense
n. ofensa, agravio, afrenta.
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