What does offense mean?

Definitions for offense
əˈfɛns or, for 9 , ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛnsof·fense

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word offense.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. discourtesy, offense, offence, offensive activitynoun

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

  2. umbrage, offense, offencenoun

    a feeling of anger caused by being offended

    "he took offence at my question"

  3. crime, offense, criminal offense, criminal offence, offence, law-breakingnoun

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

    "a long record of crimes"

  4. offense, offencenoun

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

  5. offense, offence, offensivenoun

    the action of attacking an enemy


  1. offensenoun

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

  2. offensenoun

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

  3. offensenoun

    (often /u02C fns/) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defense.

  4. offensenoun

    (often /u02C fns/) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defense.

  5. Etymology: From offensa


  1. offense

    Offense refers to something that constitutes a breach of a law, rule, or code of conduct, causing annoyance, resentment, or displeasure. It can also refer to the act of attacking or an aggressive action or strategy used in sports or military.


  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'.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offense in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offense in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of offense in a Sentence

  1. Adrian Wong:

    I hope what I’ve told you about the smoke in the church is not taken in offense. I mean, it’s your culture.

  2. Branch Rickey/ Dogers GM (1943-50):

    Thou shall not steal. I mean defensively. On offense, thou shall steal and thou must.

  3. Daniel Murphy:

    Once they go up one, with the way he's throwing the ball over there, you like to think you're going to get one, but for Lucas to have that at-bat right there, bang one and get it back real fast for is, it kind of let us (relax) as an offense.

  4. Emilie Fe delos Santos:

    We filed a murder case, it's a capital offense so there will be no bail. There was aggravated treachery, abuse of superior strength and cruelty.

  5. Jeffrey Butts:

    The far left and the far right are actually pitching the same story, the right is saying this is America, and you should be able to have a gun to protect yourself, and the far left is saying when you crack down on gun possession you create racial disparity in cities where it is a criminal offense to have a gun.

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  • جريمةArabic
  • útokCzech
  • αδίκημα, προσβολή, επίθεση, θυμόςGreek
  • hyökkääjät, hyökkäyspää, loukkaantuminen, hyökkäys, loukkausFinnish
  • attaque, offensive, attaquantsFrench
  • अपमानHindi
  • bűncselekményHungarian
  • օրինազանցություն, հարձակում, վիրավորանք, վիրավորվածություն, հանցանքArmenian
  • ataquePortuguese
  • act sancționabil, ofensă, ofensivă, atacantRomanian
  • преступление, обида, правонарушение, оскорбление, нападение, проступокRussian

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