1. [ noun ] (military) the action of attacking the enemy
Synonyms: offensive offense
Related terms: operation counteroffensive dirty_war rollback
2. [ noun ] a feeling of anger caused by being offended
Synonyms: offense umbrage

"he took offence at my question"

Related terms: anger pique
3. [ noun ] a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
Synonyms: offense offensive_activity discourtesy
Related terms: behavior derision rebuff insult indelicacy presumption insolence hurt
4. [ noun ] (sport) the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
Synonyms: offense
Related terms: defense team
5. [ noun ] (law,criminal law) a crime less serious than a felony
Synonyms: violation misdemeanor offense infraction infringement misdemeanour
Related terms: crime perjury disorderly_conduct sedition false_pretence indecent_exposure conflict
Similar spelling:   offense