One entry found for offense.
Main Entry: of·fense
Variant(s): or of·fence /-fen(t)s, especially for sense 2 äf-en(t)s, f-/
Function: noun 1: something that offends 2 a: an act of attacking : ASSAULTb: the method of attacking or attempting to score in a game or contest c: the side that is attempting to score 3 a: the act of offending <I meant no offense> b: the state of being offended <takes offense at any criticism> 4 a: a violation of a social or moral code b: a breaking of the law synonymsOFFENSE, SIN, VICE, CRIME mean a violation of law. OFFENSE applies to the breaking of any law, rule, or code <students will be expelled for major offenses>. SIN applies especially to a breaking of moral law <the sin of greed>. VICE applies to a habit that degrades or ruins <one of their worst vices was gambling>. CRIME applies to a serious offense punishable by the law of the state <robbery is a crime>.