someone who has violated a criminal, religious, or moral law:The program aids individuals already in the criminal justice system and is geared toward nonviolent offenders.
a person or thing that irritates, annoys, or angers:Some of us tried to take matters into our own hands by confronting the noise pollution offenders, but they were entirely unwilling to quiet down.
something that is disagreeable:If you’re curious about the odor, I’m afraid you’ll find that the offender is a catbox that has not been emptied recently.
- non·of·fend·er, noun
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How to use offender in a sentence
Zeus even makes a joke about the nonbinary gender identity, and while it isn’t intended to offend, it just comes off as trying way too hard to be relevant.‘Immortals: Fenyx Rising’ is a worthy adventure wavering between cringe and charm | Gene Park | November 30, 2020 | Washington Post
Restaurants face fines, citations, and enforced closures if they don’t comply with dining bans, but it’s typically up to local authorities and health departments to police the offending businesses.Restaurants Are Defying Indoor Dining Shutdowns to Survive Winter | Jenny G. Zhang | November 30, 2020 | Eater
This is just the latest in a series of ads that have offended Hindu conservatives in recent years.Tanishq is only the latest brand to face the ire of India’s easily offended right wing | Niharika Sharma | October 14, 2020 | Quartz
Given that onscreen injuries and death are “easily overcome,” they theorize, participants can learn how to relate to others without the risk of offending or feeling insecure.Playing bad can shape behavior, but not in the way you think | Erin Blakemore | September 28, 2020 | Popular-Science
“Sometimes the people who sexually offend are actually really mentally ill and they need mental help, not just being put in a prison where they’ll become a more violent offender,” she said.Her Stepfather Admitted to Sexually Abusing Her. That Wasn’t Enough to Keep Her Safe. | by Nadia Sussman | September 18, 2020 | ProPublica
At 1:42 a.m., a commenter bluntly asked: “Jeff, Is it true you are a convicted sex offender?”Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking | M.L. Nestel | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
To most of the world, billionaire Jeffrey Epstein is a convicted sex offender and a financial grifter.Sleazy Billionaire’s Double Life Featured Beach Parties With Stephen Hawking | M.L. Nestel | January 8, 2015 | THE DAILY BEAST
They are both complicit in this, though my mother is the more egregious offender.
His sex-offender pedigree was real, though; Australian police have those certificates.
Could Dr. Huxtable spend his last years in jail as a sex offender?No Wonder Cosby's Keeping Quiet: He Could Still Be Prosecuted | Jay Michaelson | November 23, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
He couldn't land without being dropped upon: the man was no common offender, and we've kept our eyes open.Elster's Folly | Mrs. Henry Wood
The philosophic Determinist would denounce the offender's conduct, but would not denounce the offender.God and my Neighbour | Robert Blatchford
It visited an offence with a penalty of which the offender, at the time when he offended, had no notice.The History of England from the Accession of James II. | Thomas Babington Macaulay
Andrea stooped out toward the offender and bade him begone in an imperious voice.Balsamo, The Magician | Alexander Dumas
The statute of that year provided that every offender should forfeit the sum of twelve pence.A Cursory History of Swearing | Julian Sharman