Definitions for offender

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. to irritate, annoy, or anger; cause resentful displeasure in; insult.

  2. to affect (the sense, taste, etc.) disagreeably.

  3. to violate or transgress (a criminal, religious, or moral law).

  4. to hurt or cause pain to.

  5. (in Biblical use) to cause to fall into sinful ways.

    Category: Bible

  6. (v.i.)to cause resentful displeasure; irritate.

  7. to err in conduct; commit a sin, crime, or fault.

Origin of offend:

1275–1325; ME < MF offendre < L offendere to strike against, displease =of-of - +-fendere to strike


Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrongdoer, offender(noun)

    a person who transgresses moral or civil law

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. offender(noun)əˈfɛnd

    sb who has broken the law

    repeat offenders


  1. offender(Noun)

    One who gives or causes offense.

  2. offender(Noun)

    A person who commits an offense against the law, a lawbreaker.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'offender' in Nouns Frequency: #1970

Anagrams of offender

  1. reoffend

  2. forefend

Translations for offender

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


a person who offends, especially against the law.

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