You have to have tremendous discipline to play against this offense.
A woman claims she was assaulted by a Montreal transit clerk for the offense of speaking English in public.
Woe unto the world because of offenses; for it must needs be that offenses come, but woe to that man by whom the offense cometh.
late 14c., "hurt, harm, injury, pain," from Old French ofense "offense, insult, wrong" (13c.) and directly from Latin offensa "an offense, injury, affront, crime," literally "a striking against," noun use of fem. past participle 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 1894.