- 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 offense
But the fun starts when conservatives stop playing defense and go on offense.Steve Scalise and the Right’s Ridiculous Racial Blame Game|Michael Tomasky|January 2, 2015|DAILY BEAST
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|Arthur Chu|October 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Any critique may be treated as a security issue or an offense against the faith.
His only offense was a moral one, though none of his critics could possibly know the terms and nuances of his marriage.
Offense V.a: Illegal possession or use of drugs and/or alcohol and/or drug paraphernalia.
Whatever the offense was, it was in the flesh, the result of weakness rather than malice.Explanation of Catholic Morals|John H. Stapleton
This very correctness was part of the offense he gave his rivals and their followers.Martin Van Buren|Edward M. Shepard
It is a common occurrence to shoot down men here for any offense whatever.Tenting on the Plains|Elizabeth B. Custer
But when he was promoted adjutant over the heads of many worthy lieutenants, Col. Brown added greatly to the offense.Company G|A. R. (Albert Rowe) Barlow
This checkup determined which slaves were late or who had committed some offense late on the day before or during the night.Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States|Work Projects Administration
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.
Idioms and Phrases with offense
see no offense; take offense.