Thesaurus

offense

noun
variants: or

offence

Synonyms and Antonyms of offense

  1. 1 a breaking of a moral or legal code wartime offenses that are crimes against all of humanity Synonyms of offense breach, crime, debt, error, lawbreaking, malefaction, misdeed, misdoing, sin, transgression, trespass, violation, wrongdoing Words Related to offense bias crime, hate crime; felony, misconduct, misdemeanor, misfeasance; fault, foible, peccadillo; break, infringement; immorality, iniquitousness, iniquity, sinfulness, vice, wickedness; corruption, debauchery, depravity, licentiousness; abuse, criminality, illegality, lawlessness, unlawfulness; descent, downfall, fall Near Antonyms of offense blamelessness, faultlessness, guiltlessness, impeccability, innocence, irreproachability; goodness, morality, righteousness, virtue, virtuousness Antonyms of offense noncrime

  2. 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 Synonyms of offense aggression, assault, attempt, blitz, blitzkrieg, charge, coup de main, descent, attack (or offence), offensive, onset, onslaught, raid, rush, strikeWords Related to offense ambuscade, ambush; counteraggression, counterassault, counterattack, counteroffensive, counterstrike; sally, sortie; envelopment, flanking; breakthrough, foray, incursion, invasion; pillage, ravage, sack; air raid, bombardment, bombing; siege, storm; barrage, cannonade, fusillade, hail, salvo, volley; whammyNear Antonyms of offense defense, defensive, guard, shield; opposition, resistance; protection, security, shelter

  3. 3 an act or expression showing scorn and usually intended to hurt another's feelings a diplomat never deliberately gives offense Synonyms of offense affront, barb, brickbat, cut, dart, dig, dis (also diss) [slang], epithet, gird, indignity, name, insult (or offence), outrage, personality, poke, put-down, sarcasm, slap, slight, slurWords Related to offense catcall, gibe (or jibe), jeer, mock, quip, sneer, taunt; abuse, invective, vituperation; disapproval, opprobrium; disgrace, dishonor, shame; attack, criticism, knock, slam, swipe; torment, tortureNear Antonyms of offense accolade, commendation, compliment; acclaim, applause, praise; adulation, flattery

  4. 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 Synonyms of offense dudgeon, huff, miff, pique (or offence), peeve, resentment, umbrageWords Related to offense aggravation, anger, annoyance, bother, botheration, discomfort, exasperation, frustration, grief, irritation, vexation; agitation, angriness, displeasure, distress, disturbance, indignation, irateness, ire, outrage, perturbation, upset; dander, temper; fit, pet, pouts, sulk(s), tantrum, tizzy; affront, barb, brickbat, dig, indignity, insult, put-down, slap, slight, slurNear Antonyms of offense satisfaction; appeasement, mollification, pacification; contentment, delight, gratification, happiness, pleasure

Synonym Discussion of offense

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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