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Definition 1: the action of attacking an enemy - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for offense in the sense of this definition

(offense is a kind of ...) activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)

"it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"

(... is a kind of offense ) a large scale offensive (more than a counterattack) undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from an attacking force

(... is a kind of offense ) an offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims

"thousands of people disappeared and were killed during Argentina's dirty war in the late 1970s"

(... is a kind of offense ) the act of forcing the enemy to withdraw

Definition 2: a transgression that constitutes a violation of what is judged to be right - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for offense in the sense of this definition

(offense is a kind of ...) the act of transgressing; the violation of a law or a duty or moral principle

"the boy was punished for the transgressions of his father"

(... is a kind of offense ) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

"a long record of crimes"

Definition 3: a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for offense in the sense of this definition

(offense is a kind of ...) manner of acting or controlling yourself

(... is a kind of offense ) the act of deriding or treating with contempt

(... is a kind of offense ) an impolite act or expression

(... is a kind of offense ) an offensive disrespectful impudent act

(... is a kind of offense ) a deliberately offensive act or something producing the effect of deliberate disrespect

"turning his back on me was a deliberate insult"

(... is a kind of offense ) a kind of discourtesy in the form of an act of presuming

"his presumption was intolerable"

(... is a kind of offense ) a deliberate discourteous act (usually as an expression of anger or disapproval)

Definition 4: a feeling of anger caused by being offended - [noun denoting feeling]

Samples where offense or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • he took offence at my question

Synonyms for offense in the sense of this definition

(offense is a kind of ...) a strong emotion; a feeling that is oriented toward some real or supposed grievance

Definition 5: the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score - [noun denoting group]

Synonyms for offense in the sense of this definition

(offense is a kind of ...) a cooperative unit (especially in sports)

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