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
Examples of offense in a Sentence
He was found guilty and fined $250 for each offense.
Penalties for a first offense range from fines to jail time.
Our team has the best offense in the league.
The quarterback directs the offense.
The team needs some work on its offense.
The team plays good offense. See More
Recent Examples on the WebBendix might wind up trading one of those pitchers this winter to bolster an offense that was 26th in the major leagues in 2023 with an average of 4.11 runs a game.—John Perrotto, Forbes, 30 Nov. 2023 In October, prosecutors hit Santos with an additional 10 counts that accused him of conspiracy to commit offenses against the U.S., wire fraud, making false statements to the Federal Election Commission, falsifying records, aggravated identity theft and access device fraud.—Caitlin Yilek, CBS News, 30 Nov. 2023 But the fan base grew first weary and then bored with a program that did not finish higher than 76th in the nation in scoring offense the past six years and was ranked lower than 100th in four of those seasons.—Kirk Kenney, San Diego Union-Tribune, 30 Nov. 2023 According to court records, Talavera pleaded guilty to the theft of the trailer and a misdemeanor offense for the knife.—Salvador Hernandez, Los Angeles Times, 29 Nov. 2023 Soccer referees currently have the power to call fouls and dish out yellows for egregious offenses or red cards for the worst behavior that warrants immediate expulsion and shorthanded play for the offender's team for the rest of the game.—David K. Li, NBC News, 29 Nov. 2023 The Aggies ranked eighth in the SEC in total offense, 10th in rushing, sixth in passing, fifth in scoring and eighth in passing efficiency with Petrino as offensive coordinator.—Tom Murphy, arkansasonline.com, 29 Nov. 2023 An attorney for the U.S. Solicitor General's Office argued in favor of incorporating the drug schedules that were in effect at the time of the original state drug offenses.—Kaelan Deese, Washington Examiner, 27 Nov. 2023 That defendant, Eugene Jackson, committed, among other things, cocaine offenses in Florida in 1998 and 2004.—Adam Liptak, New York Times, 27 Nov. 2023 See More
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Middle English offence, offense "assault, breach of law, causing of displeasure," borrowed from Anglo-French offense, borrowed from Latin offensa "encounter with an obstacle, injury, wrong," noun derivative from feminine of offensus, past participle of offendere "to strike against, break a rule, displease" — more at offend
The English senses "act of stumbling, stumbling block" are dependent on the Biblical passage "a stone of stumbling and a rock of offense" (Isaiah 8:14, 1 Peter 2:8 in the Authorized/King James Version), itself dependent on the literal sense "stumble upon" of Latin offendere and its derivatives (cf. Vulgate "lapis offensionis et petra scandali").