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Noun: offense  u'fen(t)s or 'ó,fen(t)s
Usage: US (elsewhere: offence)
  1. A lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
    - discourtesy, offence [Brit, Cdn], offensive activity
     
  2. A feeling of anger caused by being offended
    "he took offense at my question";
    - umbrage, offence [Brit, Cdn]
     
  3. (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
    "a long record of offenses";
    - crime, criminal offense [US], criminal offence [Brit, Cdn], offence [Brit, Cdn], law-breaking
     
  4. The team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
    - offence [Brit, Cdn]
     
  5. The action of attacking an enemy
    - offence [Brit, Cdn], offensive

Derived forms: offenses

Type of: anger, behavior [US], behaviour [Brit, Cdn], choler, conduct, doings, evildoing, ire, military operation, op, operation, squad, team, transgression

Antonym: defense [US]

Encyclopedia: Offense