- 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.
Origin of offense
Examples from the Web for 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|Nico Hines|November 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|David Frum|April 6, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It is the first offence of which Mr Taylor has ever been accused.Harry's Day in Court Over Stolen Mobile Moves Closer|Tom Sykes|February 29, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Exile was then imposed as a penance on Columba, whose act had been the original cause of offence.Ireland under the Tudors, Volume I (of II)|Richard Bagwell
The offence of Dreiser is that he has disdained this revelation and gone back to the Greeks.A Book of Prefaces|H. L. Mencken
At the age of 16 he was charged with the offence of vagrancy, convicted and discharged.Mental Defectives and Sexual Offenders|W. H. Triggs, Donald McGavin, Frederick Truby King, J. Sands Elliot, Ada G. Patterson, C.E. Matthews and J. Beck
The penalty in the first case, was, it was felt, altogether out of proportion to the offence.Social Rights And Duties|Leslie Stephen
An offence against table-manners is banned like an attack on the Church.The New Society|Walther Rathenau
- 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.