- 1A breach of a law or rule; an illegal act: neither offense violates any federal lawMore example sentences
- It held such crimes to be offences against the law of nations, much as was the traditional crime of piracy.
- It is also clear that the charge of assault against the second applicant is an offence under the criminal law as well as under the Prison Rules.
- It is the essence of offences against the person that what is done is done unlawfully.
- 1.1A thing that constitutes a violation of what is judged to be right or natural: the outcome is an offense to basic justiceMore example sentences
- The scorning of the tribes is an offense to the natural order in the minds of many there.
- So abusing the Quran is a hideous offense to Muslims more than the same abuse of a Bible would be to Christians.
- In those buried and bygone days, it was an affront and an offense to join with separatists to defeat a corrupt government.
- 2Annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself or one’s standards or principles: he went out, making it clear he’d taken offense I didn’t intend to give offenseMore example sentences
- Paramilitary flags or slogans and monuments do give offence to visitors and to different sectors of society.
- ‘The argument then was that to allow this element would give offence to people of other faiths,’ wrote Torrance.
- Carolingian rule and culture were familiar in many ways; it was its flavour of high-handedness and moral urgency that might give offence to the inhabitants of Italy.
- 3 /ˈôfens, ˈäf-/ The action of attacking: [as modifier]: reductions in strategic offense arsenalsMore example sentences
- The doctor had skipped bail on sex offence charges and Melville nabbed him while on port watch for the Special Branch in Le Havre.
- On Tuesday a bench warrant was issued for his arrest at Limerick District Court when he failed to appear to face two public order offence charges.
- She said Seamus was known to police in Middleton and Rochdale and had been due to appear in court to face motor offence charges.
- 3.1North American (In sports) the team or players who are attempting to score or advance the ball.More example sentences
- The rest of the players on offense had to adjust to the change in personality under center.
- Saban will miss quarterback Matt Mauck and the other playmakers on offense who graduated.
- That doesn't bode well for a team whose offense is predicated on running with George.
- 3.2(In sports) the condition of possessing the ball or being on the team attempting to score.More example sentences
- Ewen was under no illusions regarding the areas that need work - the speed of ball movement when the team is on the offense and the organisation of offensive play.
- Amidst strong winds and in front of a large Hamline homecoming crowd, the Scots struggled on offense, turning the ball over five times.
- Neither team did a good job taking care of the ball on offense as Redbank Valley had three fumbles, lost one and two Jason Smith interceptions.
- • informal Do not be offended.More example sentences
- He is, however - no offense, Mark - not the most charismatic guy around.
- Kat, no offense or anything, but how do you think this works?
- Well, no offense, but if that is the case, then I want my money back.
late Middle English: from Old French offens 'misdeed', from Latin offensus 'annoyance', reinforced by French offense, from Latin offensa 'a striking against, a hurt, or displeasure'; based on Latin offendere 'strike against'.