Definitions for offenseəˈfɛns or, for 9 , ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

of•fense*əˈfɛns or, for 9 , ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns(n.)

or of•fence

  1. a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin.

  2. a transgression of the law; misdemeanor.

  3. something that offends or displeases.

  4. the act of offending or displeasing.

  5. the feeling of resentment caused:

    to give offense.

  6. aggression or assault:

    weapons of offense.

  7. a person, army, etc., that is attacking.

  8. the team unit responsible for scoring in a game. a pattern or style of scoring attack. offensive effectiveness; ability to score.

    Category: Sport

  9. Archaic. injury, harm, or hurt.

* Syn: See crime.

Origin of offense:

1325–75; ME, in part < MF offens < L offēnsus collision, knock, dislike, der. of offendere (see offend ); in part < MF offense < L offēnsa striking against, displeasure, der. of offendere

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discourtesy, offense, offence, offensive activity(noun)

    a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

  2. umbrage, offense, offence(noun)

    a feeling of anger caused by being offended

    "he took offence at my question"

  3. crime, offense, criminal offense, criminal offence, offence, law-breaking(noun)

    (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

    "a long record of crimes"

  4. offense, offence(noun)

    the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score

  5. offense, offence, offensive(noun)

    the action of attacking an enemy

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. offense(noun)əˈfɛns or, for 9, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns

    an illegal action

    He had committed three previous offenses.

  2. offenseəˈfɛns or, for 9, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns

    the feeling of being offended by sth sb says or does

    I apologize if I have caused offense.

  3. offenseəˈfɛns or, for 9, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns

    indicates you do not want sb to be offended by what you are about to say

    Look, no offense, but that really wasn't very good.

  4. offenseəˈfɛns or, for 9, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns

    to be offended

    Don't take offense, but I think we'll have to change what you've written.


  1. offense(Noun)

    The act of offending; a crime or sin; an affront or injury.

  2. offense(Noun)

    The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.

  3. offense(Noun)

    (often /u02C8u0252 fu025Bns/) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defense.

  4. offense(Noun)

    (often /u02C8u0252 fu025Bns/) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defense.

  5. Origin: From offensa


  1. Offense

    In sports, offense or offence, also known as attack, is the action of attacking or engaging an opposing team with the objective of scoring points or goals. The term may also refer to the tactics involved in offense, or a sub-team whose primary responsibility is offense. Generally, goals are scored by teams' offenses, but in sports such as American Football it is common to see defenses and special teams score as well. The fielding side in Cricket is also generally known as the bowling attack despite the batting side being the side that scores runs. In Britain and elsewhere, the term offence is almost always taken to mean an infraction of the rules, a penalty or foul, and attack is more likely to be used where Americans would use 'offense'.

Translations for offense

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


(of feelings, pride etc) hurt

`Why didn't you tell me before?' he said in an injured voice.

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