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offender Line breaks: of|fend¦er
Pronunciation: /əˈfɛndə/

Definition of offender in English:


1A person who commits an illegal act: an institution for young offenders
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  • Offenders often fail to realize the severity of their crimes, and an antagonistic prison environment can exacerbate feelings of being wrongly accused and hamper treatment.
  • State budget deficits are often amplified by costs associated with prisons bulging with nonviolent drug offenders.
  • In the past two decades, the federal prison population has doubled, mostly due to drug offenders.
juvenile delinquent, young offender
informal crook
Australian informal crim
archaic miscreant, trespasser
2A person or thing that does something wrong or causes problems: you can’t get away from sex these days, and the TV is the worst offender
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  • The two greatest offenders come back-to-back in the middle of the album.
  • In this respect, the Roman Catholics are not by any means the only offenders.
  • People working in hospitals have told me that the worst offenders for not washing their hands are the doctors.

Words that rhyme with offender

addenda, agenda, amender, ascender, attender, blender, Brenda, contender, corrigenda, descender, engender, extender, fazenda, fender, gender, Glenda, Gwenda, hacienda, Länder, lender, mender, pudenda, recommender, referenda, render, sender, slender, spender, splendour (US splendor), surrender, suspender, tender, Venda, weekender, Wenda
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