- Offense is a breaking of a rule or something that angers or displeases.
- An example of offense is running a red light.
- An example of offense is a rude comment.
offense definition by Webster's New World
- an offending; specif.,
- the act of breaking a law; sin or crime; transgression
- the act of creating resentment, hurt feelings, displeasure, etc.
- the condition of being offended, esp. of feeling hurt, resentful, or angry; umbrage
- Rare something that causes sinning or wrongdoing
- something that causes resentment, anger, etc.
- the act of attacking or assaulting; aggression
- the person, army, etc. that is attacking
- ☆ Sports
- a team when it is attempting to score against an opponent in any contest
- the ability to score against an opposing team
- the strategy, plays, etc. used in attempting to score against an opposing team
Origin: Middle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin offensa ; from past participle of offendere: see offend
offense definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- a. The act of causing anger, resentment, displeasure, or affront.b. The state of being offended.
- a. A violation or infraction of a moral or social code; a transgression or sin.b. A transgression of law; a crime.
- Something that outrages moral sensibilities: Genocide is an offense to all civilized humans.
- The act of attacking or assaulting.
- Sports a. The means or tactics used in attempting to score.b. A team in possession of the ball or puck, or those players whose primary duty is to attempt to score.c. Scoring ability or potential.
Origin: Middle English, from Old French ofense, from Latin offēnsa, from feminine past participle of offendere, to offend; see offend.
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