or offence noun Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin offensa, from feminine of offensus, past participle of offendere Date: 14th century 1. a. obsolete an act of stumbling b. archaic a cause or occasion of sin ; stumbling block 2. something that outrages the moral or physical senses 3. a. the act of attacking ; assault b. the means or method of attacking or of attempting to score c. the offensive team or members of a team playing offensive positions d. scoring ability 4. a. the act of displeasing or affronting b. the state of being insulted or morally outraged <
takes offense at the slightest criticism
5. a. a breach of a moral or social code ; sin, misdeed b. an infraction of law; especially misdemeanoroffenseless adjective Synonyms: offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure <
takes deep offense at racial slurs
. resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will <
harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother
. umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives <
took umbrage at the offer of advice
. pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity <
in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation
. dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation <
stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon
. huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause <
in a huff he slammed the door
. Synonyms: offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code <
at that school no offense went unpunished
. sin implies an offense against moral or religious law <
the sin of blasphemy
. vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts <
regarded gambling as a vice
. crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state <
the crime of murder
. scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience <
a career ruined by a sex scandal

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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