• WordNet 3.6
    • n offender a person who transgresses moral or civil law
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Offender One who offends; one who violates any law, divine or human; a wrongdoer. "I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n offender One who offends; one who transgresses or violates a law, whether human or divine; one who infringes rules and regulations; one who acts contrary to the rights of others, or to social rule or custom; one who displeases or annoys; one who gives offense, or incurs the dislike or resentment of another.
    • n offender Synonyms Offender, Delinquent, culprit. Offender differs from delinquent in that a delinquent is, strictly, a negative transgressor, one who neglects to comply with the requirements of the law, whereas an offender is a positive transgressor, one who violates law or social rule. Both are general words, covering the offenses or delinquencies under divine or human laws, social usages, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Offender one who offends or injures: a trespasser: a criminal:—fem. Offend′ress
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  • Lady Mary Wortley Montagu
    “While conscience is our friend, all is at peace; however once it is offended, farewell to a tranquil mind.”
  • Benjamin Franklin
    “If all printers were determined not to print anything till they were sure it would offend nobody, there would be very little printed.”
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    “If thine enemy offend thee, give his child a drum.”
  • Leonardo Da Vinci
    “I have offended God and mankind because my work didn't reach the quality it should have.”
  • Samuel Butler
    “We all like to forgive, and love best not those who offend us least, nor who have done most for us, but those who make it most easy for us to forgive them.”
  • Robertson Davies
    “Few people can see genius in someone who has offended them.”


Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ob, against, fendĕre, to strike.


In literature:

He doth therefore presuppose indistinctly the very particular church where the brother offending and offended are members.
"The Divine Right of Church Government" by Sundry Ministers Of Christ Within The City Of London
This levity offended the lady's pride.
"Mr. Britling Sees It Through" by H. G. Wells
That is a means of acting on the imagination of others without offending anyone's self-love.
"The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)" by John Holland Rose
Evidently he meant me ill, and this thought offended me.
"The Way of a Man" by Emerson Hough
If I offend, 'tis in your ear alone, The malefactor wounds ye to the soul.
"The Seven Plays in English Verse" by Sophocles
The words offended him, and yet he could not dispute her right to do as she chose.
"Unleavened Bread" by Robert Grant
No submissions were presented to the Committee that sexual offending by juveniles in the South Island had increased to any alarming extent.
"Report of the Special Committee on Moral Delinquency in Children and Adolescents" by Oswald Chettle Mazengarb et al.
Richard, offended with Bertran, gave him a flick on the ear and sent him to the devil with his japes.
"The Life and Death of Richard Yea-and-Nay" by Maurice Hewlett
What had she done to offend him?
"Red Pottage" by Mary Cholmondeley
How can I act as not to offend him?
"The Mahabharata of Krishna-Dwaipayana Vyasa, Volume 1"

In poetry:

Good and only good young friend,
Has God, thy Maker, given,
But man, because he could offend
And change to Hell, a Heaven —
"The Youthful Villager And The Hermit" by James Madison Bell
The cruel mother of the Loves,
And other Powers offended,
Have stirred my heart, where newly roves
The passion that was ended.
"To Glycera" by Roswell Martin Field
God, the offended God most high,
Ambassadors to rebels sends;
His messengers his place supply,
And Jesus begs us to be friends.
"Hymn XI: God, the Offended God Most High" by Charles Wesley
Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don't you take it awful hard
'Cause I laugh like I've got gold mines
Diggin' in my own back yard.
"Still I Rise" by Maya Angelou
Which, Reader, will you most decry,
A dirty truth, or polish'd lie?
Leave it to me, and never fear,
I'll not offend the nicest ear.
"Lord Chesterfield And The Tinker" by William Hutton
"At the thought my heart revolteth,
All your tribe offend my senses,
They're an eyesore to my vision,
And a stench unto my nostrils.
"Don Pedrillo" by Emma Lazarus

In news:

Anti-graffiti program helps juvenile offenders.
Helping hands from the community play a crucial part in an effort to get young offenders back on track.
36-year-old Romeo Alba (left) is currently is prison according to the Sate of Minnesota's Level 3 Sex Offender website.
It really doesn't matter to me how the person is "offended".
Following the directions, a mallet was used to smash the offending corner just enough to allow proper spacing.
Least Competent Sex Offender And Cuddly Geopolitics And Weather Crimes.
Culling Ideas That May Offend.
When addressing a stranger in Vietnam, how can you be sure not to inadvertently offend them.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled to take place next week for a former custodian at a university in Rolla who has been charged with failing to register as a sex offender.
Of course, Raj offended everyone so his ad was pulled.
Carl Paladino doesn't mind offending voters.
The new clip, for the group's "Push and Shove" single, offended some in the Native American community.
I didn't mean to offend Burfict.
Tracy Morgan's latest jokes offend the disabled.
Tony Kornheiser did not offend Sally Jenkins.

In science:

IP Peg is a persistent offender, lying well clear of the supposedly less reliable points in both the mass vs. orbital period and mass vs. spectral type diagrams.
A TiO study of the dwarf nova IP Pegasi
Although the randomized response condition yielded higher estimates than the direct question design, the prevalence estimate of offenders obtained with randomized response was only about 50%.
Accounting for self-protective responses in randomized response data from a social security survey using the zero-inflated Poisson model
In some cases, the offending behavior is evident at the level of the bare images of the jiggling beads.
Concentration and Length Dependence of DNA Looping in Transcriptional Regulation
Fig. 17 also shows an example of data that was kept with an offending region highlighted that was removed.
Concentration and Length Dependence of DNA Looping in Transcriptional Regulation
Then between distance ǫ/2 and ǫ of the boundary one linearly interpolates (w.r.t. the radial coordinate on the disc) between the offending 1–form Θf lat + ǫgΨ∗Θsplit and the 1–form Θk+l .
An invariant of link cobordisms from symplectic Khovanov homology