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offense

[ uh-fens or, for 7-9, aw-fens, of-ens ]
/ əˈfɛns or, for 7-9, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns /
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Also British, of·fence .

Origin of offense

First recorded in 1325–75; Middle English offence, offense; in part from Middle French offens, from Latin offēnsus “collision, knock,” equivalent to offend(ere) (see offend) + -tus suffix of verb action; in part from Middle French offense, ultimately from Latin offēnsa, feminine past participle of offendere

synonym study for offense

1, 2. See crime.

OTHER WORDS FROM offense

self-of·fense, noun
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How to use offense in a sentence

Other Idioms and Phrases with offense

offense

see no offense; take offense.

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