- 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.
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Contemporary Examples of offence
“We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offence was caused,” they told the Sun.British Co-Eds Dress as 9/11 in a Costume Contest—and Win
November 6, 2013
Is it really an offence against democracy for a government to enforce its own commitments upon its own MPs?Stephen Harper is Respecting Voter Wishes by Not Reopening the Abortion Debate
April 6, 2013
It is the first offence of which Mr Taylor has ever been accused.Harry's Day in Court Over Stolen Mobile Moves Closer
February 29, 2012
Historical Examples of offence
Yes; but one who could behave like that would be only too likely to give other grounds of offence.Weighed and Wanting
I appear to have given you offence also with my clumsy tongue.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The offence of straggling is generally considered not serious.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Some have supposed that the punishment was disproportioned to the offence.
The precise occasion of this offence cannot, and need not, be ascertained.
- any public wrong or crime
- a nonindictable crime punishable on summary conviction
- the team that has possession of the ball
- the members of a team that play in such circumstances
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.
see no offense; take offense.