- a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin.
- a transgression of the law; misdemeanor.
- a cause of transgression or wrong.
- something that offends or displeases.
- the act of offending or displeasing.
- the feeling of resentful displeasure caused: to give offense.
- the act of attacking; attack or assault: weapons of offense.
- a person, army, etc., that is attacking.
- the players or team unit responsible for attacking or scoring in a game.
- the players possessing or controlling the ball, puck, etc., or the aspects or period of a game when this obtains.
- a pattern or style of scoring attack: single-wing offense; fast-break offense.
- offensive effectiveness; ability to score: a total breakdown in offense.
- Archaic. injury, harm, or hurt.
Origin of offense
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Examples from the Web for offense
But the fun starts when conservatives stop playing defense and go on offense.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game
January 2, 2015
Of how incredibly petty the offense can be and how insanely disproportionate the retaliation can be.Of Gamers, Gates, and Disco Demolition: The Roots of Reactionary Rage
October 16, 2014
Any critique may be treated as a security issue or an offense against the faith.Forget About a Kindler Gentler Iran
August 19, 2014
His only offense was a moral one, though none of his critics could possibly know the terms and nuances of his marriage.Too Late To 'Pologize For NSA Revenge Porn Leak
June 28, 2014
Offense V.a: Illegal possession or use of drugs and/or alcohol and/or drug paraphernalia.Is Sex Assault a Crime in the Ivy League?
May 10, 2014
For there is a play even with most serious things that has in it no offense.Weighed and Wanting
I had tasted blood of my master's enemies; also Kokomo was afraid, and that is an offense to me.The Trail Book
“Not meaning any offense, it was something like that,” said Sucatash, candidly.Louisiana Lou
William West Winter
“The excuse more than condones the offense,” continued the other.The Strollers
Frederic S. Isham
"I've said nothing about any offense," he declared, in a hard, deliberate voice.The Market-Place
Word Origin and History for offense
late 14c., "hurt, harm, injury, pain," from Old French ofense "offense, insult, wrong" (13c.) and directly from Latin offensa "an offense, injury, affront, crime," literally "a striking against," noun use of fem. past participle of offendere (see offend). Meaning "action of attacking" and "feeling of being hurt" are both first recorded c.1400. Sense of "breach of the law, transgression" is first recorded late 14c. Sporting sense first recorded 1894.