offense[ə fens′; also, and for n. 7 always, ô′fens′]
- 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.
- 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 of offenseMiddle English ; from Middle French ; from Classical Latin offensa ; from past participle of offendere: see offend
to offend; anger, insult, etc.
Sports engaged in an attempt to score against an opposing team
to become offended; feel hurt, angry, etc.
- 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. The 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 of offenseMiddle English, from Old French ofense, from Latin offēnsa, from feminine past participle of offendere, to offend; see offend.
(plural offenses) (US)
- The act of offending:
- The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.
- (team sports) (often IPA: /ˈɒ fɛns/) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defense.
- (team sports) (often IPA: /ˈɒ fɛns/) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defense.
From Latin offensa (“a striking against; displeasure; injury”).
offense - Legal Definition
Any violation of the law for which the judicial code demands there be a penalty, including misdemeanors and felonies. See also crime.