: an act of stumbling
: something that outrages the moral or physical senses
- His conduct is an offense to public decency.
- Such screaming is an offense to my ears.
: the act of attacking : assault
: the means or method of attacking or of attempting to score
- The quarterback's passing success was the team's edge in offense.
: the offensive team or members of a team playing offensive positions
- The stronger offense won the game.
: scoring ability
: the act of displeasing or affronting
- no offense intended and none taken, I hope
: the state of being insulted or morally outraged
- takes offense at the slightest criticism
- we ought not … to give offense by sexist words or phrases
- —J. J. Kilpatrick
: a breach of a moral or social code : sin, misdeed
- was tolerant of his youthful offenses
: an infraction of law
- was stopped by the police for a traffic offense
- had a record of petty offenses
\ə-ˈfen(t)s-ləs, especially for sense 3 ˈä-ˌfen(t)s-, ˈȯ-\