Edwards would be a first offender who, yes, abused his power, but also led a life of public service.
Serious problems with laws, policies, and practices persist and can compromise victim safety and offender accountability.
As a first offender, A-Rod was poised to take the fall for JWA: Juicing While an Asshole.
When the public sympathizes with an offender, there's less political will to file charges.
That needs to be the rule, the universal standard, regardless of whether the offender is a Republican or a Democrat.
Only, if the church be an offender on this score, how fearful must be the crime of the walls?
And yet, if the law is strictly interpreted, the offender is liable.
For any disobedience a fine of one dollar shall be imposed upon the offender.
But if the offender be a citizen, he must be incurable, and for him death is the only fitting penalty.
Then, perhaps, the teacher unfortunately breaks forth into a torrent of words or lays violent hands upon the offender.
early 14c., "to sin against (someone)," from Old French ofendre "transgress, antagonize," and directly from Latin offendere "to hit, strike against," figuratively "to stumble, commit a fault, displease, trespass against, provoke," from ob "against" (see ob-) + -fendere "to strike" (found only in compounds; see defend).
Meaning "to violate (a law), to make a moral false step, to commit a crime" is from late 14c. Meaning "to wound the feelings" is from late 14c. The literal sense of "to attack, assail" is attested from late 14c.; this has been lost in Modern English, but is preserved in offense and offensive. Related: Offended; offending.