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Meaning of OFFENSE

Pronunciation:  u'fens

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a crime less serious than a felony
  2. [n]  the action of attacking the enemy
  3. [n]  a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
  4. [n]  a feeling of anger caused by being offended; "he took offence at my question"
  5. [n]  the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score

OFFENSE is a 7 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: discourtesy, infraction, infringement, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, offence, offence, offence, offensive, offensive activity, umbrage, violation
 Antonyms: defence, defending team, defense
 See Also: affront, anger, bearing false witness, behavior, behaviour, breach of the peace, choler, conduct, counteroffensive, crime, derision, disorderly behavior, disorderly conduct, disturbance of the peace, doings, false pretence, false pretense, indecent exposure, indelicacy, insolence, insult, ire, law-breaking, lying under oath, military operation, operation, perjury, presumption, public nudity, push back, rebuff, ridicule, rollback, sedition, slight, squad, team



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Of*fense"\, Offence \Of*fence"\, n. [F., fr. L.
offensa. See {Offend}.]
1. The act of offending in any sense; esp., a crime or a sin,
   an affront or an injury.

         Who was delivered for our offenses, and was raised
         again for our justification.          --Rom. iv. 25.

         I have given my opinion against the authority of two
         great men, but I hope without offense to their
         memories.                             --Dryden.

2. The state of being offended or displeased; anger;

         He was content to give them just cause of offense,
         when they had power to make just revenge. --Sir P.

3. A cause or occasion of stumbling or of sin. [Obs.]

         Woe to that man by whom the offense cometh! --Matt.
                                               xviii. 7.

Note: This word, like expense, is often spelled with a c. It
      ought, however, to undergo the same change with
      expense, the reasons being the same, namely, that s
      must be used in offensive as in expensive, and is found
      in the Latin offensio, and the French offense.

{To take offense}, to feel, or assume to be, injured or
   affronted; to become angry or hostile.

{Weapons of offense}, those which are used in attack, in
   distinction from those of defense, which are used to

Syn: Displeasure; umbrage; resentment; misdeed; misdemeanor;
     trespass; transgression; delinquency; fault; sin; crime;
     affront; indignity; outrage; insult.

Dream Dictionary
 Definition: Dreaming of being offended means of error in your conduct which has caused you to stand up for yourself. Dreaming that you are giving offense, foretells of struggles and obstacles toward your goals.
Thesaurus Terms
 Related Terms: affront, aggravated assault, aggression, amphibious attack, angry look, armed assault, aspersion, assailing, assailment, assault, atrocity, attack, bad faith, banzai attack, blitz, blitzkrieg, breach, breach of contract, breach of faith, breach of privilege, breach of promise, breach of trust, breaking, breakthrough, brickbat, casus belli, charge, contempt, contravention, contumely, counterattack, counteroffensive, coup de main, crime, crime against humanity, crippling attack, cut, dead set at, deadly sin, delict, delinquency, dereliction, descent on, despite, dirty look, diversion, diversionary attack, drive, dudgeon, dump, enormity, error, evil, failure, fault, felony, flank attack, flout, flouting, frontal attack, frown, gas attack, genocide, gibe, glare, glower, guilty act, head-on attack, heavy sin, huff, humiliation, illegality, impropriety, indignity, indiscretion, inexpiable sin, infiltration, infraction, infringement, iniquity, injury, injustice, insult, jeer, jeering, lapse, lightning attack, lightning war, malefaction, malfeasance, malum, mass attack, megadeath, miff, minor wrong, misdeed, misdemeanor, misfeasance, mock, mockery, mortal sin, mugging, nonfeasance, offensive, omission, onset, onslaught, outrage, overkill, panzer warfare, peccadillo, peccancy, pique, provocation, push, put-down, raw nerve, red rag, resentment, run against, run at, rush, sally, scoff, scowl, scurrility, shock tactics, sin, sin of commission, sin of omission, sinful act, slip, snuff, sore point, sore spot, sortie, strike, taunt, tender spot, tort, transgression, trespass, trip, umbrage, uncomplimentary remark, unprovoked assault, unutterable sin, venial sin, violation, wrong, wrongdoing