Definition of Offense

1. Noun. A lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others.

Exact synonyms: Discourtesy, Offence, Offensive Activity
Generic synonyms: Behavior, Behaviour, Conduct, Doings
Specialized synonyms: Derision, Ridicule, Indelicacy, Insolence, Affront, Insult, Presumption, Rebuff, Slight
Derivative terms: Offend

2. Noun. A feeling of anger caused by being offended. "He took offence at my question"
Exact synonyms: Offence, Umbrage
Generic synonyms: Anger, Choler, Ire
Derivative terms: Offend, Umbrageous

3. Noun. (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act. "A long record of crimes"

4. Noun. The team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score.
Exact synonyms: Offence
Generic synonyms: Squad, Team
Antonyms: Defence, Defense

5. Noun. The action of attacking an enemy.
Exact synonyms: Offence, Offensive
Generic synonyms: Military Operation, Operation
Specialized synonyms: Counteroffensive, Dirty War, Push Back, Rollback

Definition of Offense

1. n. The act of offending in any sense; esp., a crime or a sin, an affront or an injury.

Definition of Offense

1. Noun. The act of offending; a crime or sin; an affront or injury. ¹

2. Noun. The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure. ¹

3. Noun. (context: team sports) (''often'' (IPA /?? f?ns/)) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; ''contrasted with'' defense. ¹

4. Noun. (context: team sports) (''often'' (IPA /?? f?ns/)) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; ''contrasted with'' defense. ¹

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Definition of Offense

1. a violation of a moral or social code [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Offense

offense (current term)
offensive activity
offensive back
offensive backs
offensive foul
offensive fouls
offensive line
offensive line of scrimmage
offensive lines

Literary usage of Offense

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. South Eastern Reporter by West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals, West Publishing Company, South Carolina Supreme Court (1922)
"Indictment and Information <§= 117—Allegation as to "offense and offender being heretofore unknown" construed. In a special presentment by a grand jury, ..."

2. Supreme Court Reporter by Robert Desty, United States Supreme Court, West Publishing Company (1915)
"The narrow question presented is, whether a conspiracy having for its object the commission of an offense denounced as criminal by the bankruptcy act is, ..."

3. United States Supreme Court Reports by United States Supreme Court, Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1911)
"If the offense were a political one, especially, this was a power dangerous and odious in the extreme. The sixth article of the amendments wisely took away ..."

4. A Source-book of Military Law and War-time Legislation by John Henry Wigmore, United States War Dept. Committee on Education and Special Training (1919)
"JURISDICTION OF offense BY SELECTIVE EN ROUTE TO CAMP Discipline—Articles of War LIX. March 6, 1918. From: The Office of the Judge Advocate General. ..."

5. Judicial and Statutory Definitions of Words and Phrases by West Publishing Company (1904)
"An information is an accusation in writing, in form and substance like an indictment for the same offense, charging a person with a crime or public offense, ..."

6. The Encyclopedia Americana: A Library of Universal Knowledge (1918)
"And Mr. Seward and Mr. Adams have lent some support to this view in complaining of the sale of arms to the Confederacy as if it were an offense in magnitude ..."

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