What is offense?

  • (noun): A lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others.
    Synonyms: discourtesy, offence, offensive activity
    See also — Additional definitions below

More definitions of "offense":

  • (noun): A feeling of anger caused by being offended.
    Synonyms: umbrage, offence
  • (noun): The team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score.
    Synonyms: offence

Famous quotes containing the word offense:

    Comparatively, we can excuse any offense against the heart, but not against the imagination. The imagination knows—nothing escapes its glance from out its eyry—and it controls the breast.
    Henry David Thoreau (1817–1862)

    You who have condemned me, I know your kind. Your forebears poisoned Socrates, burned Joan of Arc, hanged, tortured all those whose only offense was to bring light into darkness.
    Karl Brown (1897–1990)

    O, my offense is rank, it smells to heaven;
    It hath the primal eldest curse upon ‘t,
    A brother’s murder. Pray can I not,
    Though inclination be as sharp as will;
    My stronger guilt defeats my strong intent,
    And like a man to double business bound
    I stand in pause where I shall first begin,
    And both neglect. What if this cursed hand
    Were thicker than itself with brother’s blood,
    Is there not rain enough in the sweet heavens
    To wash it white as snow?
    William Shakespeare (1564–1616)