Meaning of offense

of•fense

Pronunciation: (u-fens' or, for 7–9, ô'fens, of'ens), [key]
— n.
  1. a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin.
  2. a transgression of the law; misdemeanor.
  3. a cause of transgression or wrong.
  4. something that offends or displeases.
  5. the act of offending or displeasing.
  6. the feeling of resentful displeasure caused: to give offense.
  7. the act of attacking; attack or assault: weapons of offense.
  8. a person, army, etc., that is attacking.
  9. single-wing offense; fast-break offense.
    1. the players or team unit responsible for attacking or scoring in a game.
    2. the players possessing or controlling the ball, puck, etc., or the aspects or period of a game when this obtains.
    3. a pattern or style of scoring attack:single-wing offense; fast-break offense.
    4. offensive effectiveness; ability to score:a total breakdown in offense.
  10. injury, harm, or hurt.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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