offense

or of·fence

[ uh-fens or for 7–9, aw-fens, of-ens ]
/ əˈfɛns or for 7–9, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns /
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noun

Origin of offense

1325–75; Middle English offence, offense; in part < Middle French offens < Latin offēnsus collision, knock, equivalent to offend(ere) (see offend) + -tus suffix of v. action; in part < Middle French offenseLatin offēnsa, feminine past participle of offendere
SYNONYMS FOR offense
8 besiegers, attackers, enemy, foe.
ANTONYMS FOR offense
Related formsself-of·fense, noun

Synonym study

1, 2. See crime.
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Word Origin and History for self-offense

offense


n.

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with self-offense

offense


see no offense; take offense.

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