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Princeton's WordNet

  1. wrongdoer, offendernoun

    a person who transgresses moral or civil law


  1. offendernoun

    One who gives or causes offense.

  2. offendernoun

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Offendernoun

    Etymology: from offend.

    All that watch for iniquity are cut off, that make a man an offender for a word. Is. xxix. 21.

    So like a fly the poor offender dies;
    But like the wasp, the rich escapes and flies. John Denham.

    How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense,
    And love th’ offender, yet detest th’ offence? Alexander Pope.

    The conscience of the offender shall be sharper than an avenger’s sword. Clarissa.

    All vengeance comes too short,
    Which can pursue th’ offender. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

British National Corpus

  1. Nouns Frequency

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

Anagrams for offender »

  1. forefend

  2. reoffend

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offender in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offender in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of offender in a Sentence

  1. Ketanji Brown Jackson:

    I guess my thought is…that there are people who get involved with this kind of activity who may not be pedophiles who may not be necessarily interested really in the child pornography but have other motivations with respect to the use of the technology and the being in the group and, you know, there are lots of reasons why people might engage in this, and so I’m wondering whether you could say that there is a -- that there could be a less-serious child pornography offender who is engaging in the type of conduct in the group experience level because their motivation is the challenge, or to use the technology?

  2. Inspector Graham Pitkethley:

    I want to reassure the public that we are working hard to identify and locate the offender, it is our absolute priority.

  3. Dirk Wiese:

    The offender shared a number of posts from populist right-wing websites on his Facebook page. Two clicks online would have been sufficient to determine his political motives.

  4. Jeffrey Nieman:

    Credit Suisse’s collapse—caused by its own misconduct and mismanagement—does not operate as a get out of jail free card in the United States, where no person or entity is above the law, we remain optimistic that the Justice Department will hold Credit Suisse, a repeat offender, accountable for continuously and blatantly having defrauded the United States.

  5. Anil Verma:

    I understand that an outsider might feel that I am a grave offender but, in reality, I am completely innocent of these charges, it was all politically motivated.

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