- 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
SYNONYMS FOR offense
Related formsself-of·fense, noun
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
Idioms and Phrases with offense
see no offense; take offense.