• IPA: /əˈfɛns/
  • (team sports senses, especially in the U.S.) IPA: /ˈɔf.ɛns/, /ˈɑf.ɛns/)

offense (American spelling)

  1. The act of offending:
    1. a crime or sin
      • 1855, Frederick Douglass, My Bondage and My Freedom Chapter 3
        The slave fully appreciates the saying, "where ignorance is bliss, 'tis folly to be wise." When old master's gestures were violent, ending with a threatening shake of the head, and a sharp snap of his middle finger and thumb, I deemed it wise to keep at a respectable distance from him; for, at such times, trifling faults stood, in his eyes, as momentous offenses; and, having both the power and the disposition, the victim had only to be near him to catch the punishment, deserved or undeserved.
    2. an affront, insult or injury.
      • I have given my opinion against the authority of two great men, but I hope without offence to their memories.
  2. The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.
  3. (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defense.
  4. (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defense.
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  • German: beleidigt sein, gekränkt sein
  • Russian: обида
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