offense

[uh-fens or for 7–9, aw-fens, of-ens]
noun
1.
a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin.
2.
a transgression of the law; misdemeanor.
3.
a cause of transgression or wrong.
4.
something that offends or displeases.
5.
the act of offending or displeasing.
6.
the feeling of resentful displeasure caused: to give offense.
7.
the act of attacking; attack or assault: weapons of offense.
8.
a person, army, etc., that is attacking.
9.
Sports.
a.
the players or team unit responsible for attacking or scoring in a game.
b.
the players possessing or controlling the ball, puck, etc., or the aspects or period of a game when this obtains.
c.
a pattern or style of scoring attack: single-wing offense; fast-break offense.
d.
offensive effectiveness; ability to score: a total breakdown in offense.
10.
Archaic. injury, harm, or hurt.
Also, offence.


Origin:
1325–75; Middle English offence, offense; in part < Middle French offens < Latin offēnsus collision, knock, equivalent to offend(ere) (see offend) + -tus suffix of v. action; in part < Middle French offenseLatin offēnsa, feminine past participle of offendere

self-offense, noun


1, 2. trespass, felony, fault. See crime. 6. umbrage, resentment, wrath, indignation. 7. aggression. 8. besiegers, attackers, enemy, foe.


6. pleasure. 7. defense.
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offence or offense (əˈfɛns)
 
n
1.  a violation or breach of a law, custom, rule, etc
2.  a.  any public wrong or crime
 b.  a nonindictable crime punishable on summary conviction
3.  annoyance, displeasure, or resentment
4.  give offence, give offence to someone to cause annoyance or displeasure to someone
5.  take offence to feel injured, humiliated, or offended
6.  a source of annoyance, displeasure, or anger
7.  attack; assault
8.  archaic injury or harm
9.  American football the offense
 a.  the team that has possession of the ball
 b.  the members of a team that play in such circumstances
 
offense or offense (əˈfɛns, ˈɒfɛns)
 
n
 
of'fenceless or offense
 
adj
 
of'fenseless or offense
 
adj

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Word Origin & History

offense
late 14c., "hurt, harm, injury, pain," from O.Fr. offense, from L. offensa "an offense, injury, a striking against," properly fem. pp. of offendere (see offend). Meaning "action of attacking" and "feeling of being hurt" are both first recorded c.1400. Sense of "breach of
the law, transgression" is first recorded late 14c. Sporting sense first recorded 1912 (in adj., offensive).
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Idioms & Phrases

offense

see no offense; take offense.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
In the absence of such specificity, there is no offense.
His football team is good at offense and at punting, but pathetic at defense.
Bones can be controversial, because indigenous people may take offense to
  excavation.
He paused and looked at the handle, as if to imagine the nature of the offense.
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