• Harlequin’s Offensive
    Harlequin’s Offensive
  • WordNet 3.6
    • n offense (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act "a long record of crimes"
    • n offense the action of attacking an enemy
    • n offense a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
    • n offense a feeling of anger caused by being offended "he took offence at my question"
    • n offense the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • Offense A cause or occasion of stumbling or of sin. "Woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!"
    • Offense In any contest, the act or process of attacking as contrasted with the act of defending; the offensive; as, to go on the offense .
    • Offense The act of offending in any sense; esp., a crime or a sin, an affront or an injury. "Who was delivered for our offenses , and was raised again for our justification.""I have given my opinion against the authority of two great men, but I hope without offense to their memories."
    • Offense (Sports) The members of a team who have the primary responsibility to score goals, in contrast to those who have the responsibility to defend, i.e. to prevent the opposing team from scoring goal.
    • Offense The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure; as, to cause offense . "He was content to give them just cause of offense , when they had power to make just revenge."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered that anybody caught feasting or laying off from work, or in any other way goofing off on any other day other than Christmas, would be fined five shillings for each such offense.
    • n offense Assault; attack: as, weapons or arms of offense.
    • n offense Harm; hurt; injury.
    • n offense Transgression; sin; fault; wrong.
    • n offense Specifically, in law: A crime or misdemeanor; a transgression of law. It implies a violation of law for which the public authorities may prosecute, not merely one which gives rise to a private cause of action only. More specifically
    • n offense A misdemeanor or transgression of the law which is not indictable, but is punishable summarily or by the forfeiture of a penalty.
    • n offense Affront; insult; injustice; wrong; that which wounds the feelings and causes displeasure or resentment.
    • n offense Displeasure; annoyance; mortification; umbrage; anger.
    • n offense See the adjectives.
    • n offense Synonyms Misdeed, fault, delinquency, indignity, trespass. Referring to the comparison under crime, it may be added that offense is a very indefinite word, covering the whole range of the others, while misdemeanor is a specific word, applying to an act which is cognizable by civil, school, family, or other authority, and does not appear in the aspect of an offense against anything but law or rules.
    • n offense Indignation, resentment.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leonardo Divinci made sketches of a tracked armored vehicle to be used as an offensive weapon. It was pedal powered.
    • Offense &c., same as Offence, &c
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  • Abraham Lincoln
    “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
  • Austin O'Malley
    “Before you beat a child, be sure yourself are not the cause of the offense.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    “This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.”
  • Proverb
    “Acts of kindness may soon be forgotten, but the memory of an offense remains.”
  • Juoy
    “We easily pardon an offense we had part in.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “At every trifle take offense, that always shows great pride or little sense.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. offensa,. See Offend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ob, against, fendĕre, to strike.


In literature:

With Mrs Fyne the manner of the obscure cousin of de Barral was but little less offensive.
"Chance" by Joseph Conrad
In masticating your food, keep your mouth shut; otherwise you will make a noise that will be very offensive to those around you.
"Searchlights on Health: Light on Dark Corners" by B.G. Jefferis
He won the approval of his constituents often against their will, and did the thing he wished to do, without giving offense.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7" by Elbert Hubbard
The German staff realized that the time was coming when the British would again take the offensive.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume V (of 12)"
You asked me if there was anything between me and him; and I think it was a very offensive question.
"Miss Mackenzie" by Anthony Trollope
Forgiveness loves not the offense but the man.
"Practical Ethics" by William DeWitt Hyde
The French troops further south had taken the offensive and marched into Alsace.
"1914" by John French, Viscount of Ypres
One by one parties charged with offenses were called forward, fined and ordered released or passed back.
"The Hindered Hand" by Sutton E. Griggs
He had not said or done anything offensive.
"The Border Watch" by Joseph A. Altsheler
If you had meant it, it would have been a crime instead of a gross offense.
"The Flag" by Homer Greene

In poetry:

Say there! P'r'aps
Some on you chaps
Might know Jim Wild?
Well,--no offense:
Thar ain't no sense
In gittin' riled!
"Jim" by Francis Bret Harte
"Haig's offensive has begun."
"Say not Haig's nor any other,
Since it is my one sweet son
In the gases' risk and smother.
"Any Mother" by Katharine Tynan
Bueno! We take no offense, sir; whatever
It please you to say, it becomes us, for Church sake,
To bear in peace. Yet, if you were kinder--
And less suspicious--
"Jack Of The Tules" by Francis Bret Harte
Eg. Since these nocturnall distillations
May be offensive to your health (sweet Rhodon)
I will be well contented to be gone,
Though wondrous loth from you to part so soone.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act IV" by Ralph Knevet
I answer "If that ruffian Jones
Should recognise me here,
He'd bellow out my name in tones
Offensive to the ear:
He chaffs me so on being stout
(A thing that always puts me out)."
"Size And Tears" by Lewis Carroll
Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands, for our offenses given;
But now at God's right hand He stands, and brings us life from heaven.
Wherefore let us joyful be, and sing to God right thankfully
Loud songs of Alleluia! Alleluia!
"Christ Jesus Lay In Death's Strong Bands" by Martin Luther

In news:

MARIETTA — Marietta's offense was on display once again Friday, but this time the defense came to play as well.
MITCHELL — The Mitchell Lady Bluejackets didn't have their best night at the plate Monday, but they produced more than enough offense to dispose of Scottsburg in five i.
Sure, it's erotic and sensual in parts, but it has loads of dialogue that might be offensive to some people.
Georgia's Richt voices support for offensive coordinator Bobo .
Father Lopez High School's offense lines up against Warner Christian's defense during last week's game.
(PHOTOS BY ANDREAS BUTLER/DAYTONA TIMES) 120913_dt_sports01 Father Lopez High School's offensive line.
"Heck," co-offensive line coach Josh Henson said, "he's our veteran now.
Wisconsin piles up 645 yards in total offense.
Lions coaches call offensive tackle Tim Crenshaw their best offensive lineman ever.
Northern Illinois' close-knit offensive line, pictured lined up up against Bowling Green this season, has been key to the Huskies' big offensive numbers this year.
Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger told the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review last week that Todd Haley's offense isn't a big-play one, describing it as a " dink -and-dunk offense.".
Southern California offensive tackle Matt Kalil, right, participates in a blocking drill with offensive guard Martin Coleman this month in Los Angeles.
For the first time since the Jets hired Tony Sparano, players have been able to study the new offensive coordinator's playbook and meet with him about the new offense.
Chicago Bears offensive coordinator Mike Tice warned his players not to get overconfident in the aftermath of their improved performance in Dallas where the offense scored 17 second half points.
JOHNS CREEK — In a highlight-filled offensive battle that featured 14 touchdowns and more than 1,100 yards of offense, Creekview prevailed Friday at Northview, winning 56-42 in a Region 7AAAAA (A) game.

In science:

The only way to overcome this problem is to bring all the posts under supervision of the blog moderator. But it totally contradicts with blogging concepts. In this paper, we have implemented an algorithm that would help to prevent the offensive entries from being posted.
Algorithm and Implementation of the Blog-Post Supervision Process
From the analysis of the result, we have shown that this approach can eliminate the chaotic situations in blogosphere at a great extent. Our experiment shows that about 90% of offensive posts can be detected and stopped from being published using this approach.
Algorithm and Implementation of the Blog-Post Supervision Process
Merriam-Webster) 25 forfeit ― to lose or lose the right to especially by some error, offense, or crime (ibid.) 26 Accountability can principally based on a cut-and-choose technique or a zero-knowledge proof (introduced in [4,5] respectively), as demonstrated by L.
A Revised Classification of Anonymity
Less than a year later, the counter offensive of the Soviet Army moved the frontier westward again and liberated the region, but Boris soon faced sadness again.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
Beyond the mathematical ideas explored, the book reflects many attitudes that were normative in Western society in the late nineteenth century, but that today are rejected as offensive and ill-informed.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1