Definition for OF-FENSE'

OF-FENSE', n. [offens'; L. offensus, offensa; It. offesa; Sp. ofensa; Fr. offence.]

  1. Displeasure; anger, or moderate anger. He gave them just cause of offense. He took offense.
  2. Scandal; cause of stumbling. Christ is called a stone of stumbling and rock of offense to both the houses of Israel. Ps. viii.
  3. Any transgression of law, divine or human; a crime; sin; act of wickedness or omission of duty. Christ was delivered for our offenses, and raised again for our justification. Rom. iv.
  4. An injury. I have given my opinion against the authority of two great men, but I hope without offense to their memories. Dryden.
  5. Attack; assault; as, a weapon of offense. Richardson.
  6. Impediment. Matth. xvi.

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