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offense

variants: or offence

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2 the act or action of setting upon with force or violence
  • After three consecutive first downs, the offense stalled at the 30 yard line.
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3 an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings
  • A diplomat never deliberately gives offense.
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4 the feeling of being offended or resentful after a slight or indignity
  • My mother was prone to take offense even at the most innocent remark.
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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


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