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2 the act or action of setting upon with force or violence
  • combat casualties grew enormously as the weapons of offense became far more technologically advanced than defensive armor

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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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The first known use of offense was in the 14th century

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“Offense.” Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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