What does offense mean?

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

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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

    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. Democratic Rep. Jerry Nadler:

    You don't necessarily launch an impeachment against the President because he committed an impeachable offense, there are several things you have to look at.

  2. Tom Brady:

    Super Bowl champs had a lot of resolve the last couple of weeks, i wish Super Bowl champs had played a little bit better on offense but Super Bowl champs won.

  3. Pope Francis:

    I think the media have to be very clear, very transparent, and not fall into—no offense intended—the sickness of coprophagia, that is, always wanting to cover scandals, covering nasty things, even if they are true, and since people have a tendency towards the sickness of coprophagia, a lot of damage can be done.

  4. Jay Abiona:

    Staying safe is mostly a game of offense not defense. Prevention vs. Reaction!

  5. Ray Ferraro:

    It’s going to be hard for Anaheim to take as big a step as they’ve taken already apparently in the first 20 games, troy Terry’s not going to score every game, although it sure seems like he’s going to. They’re going to need offense past that top line, and will they get it?

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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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