Definition of

Offense

  1. (noun, act) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
  2. (noun, act) the action of attacking an enemy
  3. (noun, act) a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
  4. (noun, feeling) a feeling of anger caused by being offended
  5. (noun, group) the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Offense

defense

Origin of the word Offense

  1. 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 … more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Offense

obnoxious, offence, offing, open house, opening, openness, opopanax

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