Definition of offense
From Latin offensa ("a striking against; displeasure; injury")
offense (plural offenses) (US)
- The act of offending; a crime or sin; an affront or injury.
- The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.
- (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defense.
- (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defense.
In law, an offence is a violation of the penal law. An offence can range from a simple misdemeanour (e.g. a traffic violation) to a felony (e.g. capital murder). In common law usage, 'offence' differs from 'crime' in that there is typically no victim, but the action remains prohibited by statute.
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