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Meaning & Definition of Offense in English

English

Offense

/əfɛns/

noun

1. A lack of politeness

  • A failure to show regard for others
  • Wounding the feelings or others
    synonym:
  • discourtesy
  • ,
  • offense
  • ,
  • offence
  • ,
  • offensive activity

2. A feeling of anger caused by being offended

  • "He took offence at my question"
    synonym:
  • umbrage
  • ,
  • offense
  • ,
  • offence

3. (criminal law) an act punishable by law

  • Usually considered an evil act
  • "A long record of crimes"
    synonym:
  • crime
  • ,
  • offense
  • ,
  • criminal offense
  • ,
  • criminal offence
  • ,
  • offence
  • ,
  • law-breaking

4. The team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score

    synonym:
  • offense
  • ,
  • offence

5. The action of attacking an enemy

    synonym:
  • offense
  • ,
  • offence
  • ,
  • offensive

Examples of using

I'm sure Tom meant no offense.