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A misdeed.
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  1. A misdeed.
  2. The act or an instance of misbehaving; minor transgression
  3. (Law) Any minor offense, as the breaking of a municipal ordinance, for which statute provides a lesser punishment than for a felony: the penalty is usually a fine or imprisonment for a short time (usually less than one year) in a local jail, workhouse, etc.
Wrongdoing or misconduct, esp. by a public official; commission of an act that is positively unlawful
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  1. Wrongdoing or misconduct, esp. by a public official; commission of an act that is positively unlawful
  2. An unlawful act, particularly one committed by a public official. An unlawful act, particularly one committed by a public official.
A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata.
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  1. A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata.
  2. A relative rise in sea level resulting in deposition of marine strata over terrestrial strata. The sequence of sedimentary strata formed by transgressions and regressions provides information about the changes in sea level during a particular geologic time.
  3. A violation of a law, principle, or duty.
The close-combat phase of an attack
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  1. The close-combat phase of an attack
  2. The concluding stage of an attack in which close combat occurs with the enemy.
  3. A military attack, such as one launched against a fortified area or place.
Forceful, assertive, or overbearing behavior or attitudes:
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  1. Forceful, assertive, or overbearing behavior or attitudes:
  2. The practice or habit of taking hostile actions or launching military attacks:
  3. An unprovoked attack or warlike act; specif., the use of armed force by a state in violation of its international obligations
The harmful or offensive touching of any part of another person’s body or of something, such as clothing or carried umbrella, that is so closely attached to the person that it is customarily regarded as part of the person. The touching may be in anger or a result of some other intentional wrong. Any amount of touching is considered a battery, even if harmless, if it is offensive to the person who is touched. See also assault and mayhem. The harmful or offensive touching of any part of another person’s body or of something, such as clothing or carried umbrella, that is so closely attached to the person that it is customarily regarded as part of the person. The touching may be in anger or a result of some other intentional wrong. Any amount of touching is considered a battery, even if harmless, if it is offensive to the person who is touched. See also assault and mayhem.
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  1. The harmful or offensive touching of any part of another person’s body or of something, such as clothing or carried umbrella, that is so closely attached to the person that it is customarily regarded as part of the person. The touching may be in anger or a result of some other intentional wrong. Any amount of touching is considered a battery, even if harmless, if it is offensive to the person who is touched. See also assault and mayhem. The harmful or offensive touching of any part of another person’s body or of something, such as clothing or carried umbrella, that is so closely attached to the person that it is customarily regarded as part of the person. The touching may be in anger or a result of some other intentional wrong. Any amount of touching is considered a battery, even if harmless, if it is offensive to the person who is touched. See also assault and mayhem.
  2. An impressive body or group:
  3. (Electricity) A device containing an electric cell or a series of electric cells storing chemical energy that can be converted into electrical power, usually in the form of direct current.
(Archaic) A semblance or shadowy appearance
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  1. (Archaic) A semblance or shadowy appearance
  2. Foliage, considered as shade-giving
  3. Offense or resentment
A feeling of displeasure and indignation, from a sense of being injured or offended
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  1. A feeling of displeasure and indignation, from a sense of being injured or offended
  2. Indignation or ill will stemming from a feeling of having been wronged or offended.
A fit of displeasure
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  1. A fit of displeasure
  2. In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
  3. Resentment at being slighted or disdained; ruffled pride
Anger or scorn that is a reaction to injustice, ingratitude, or meanness; righteous anger
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  1. Anger or scorn that is a reaction to injustice, ingratitude, or meanness; righteous anger
  2. Anger aroused by something perceived as unjust, mean, or unworthy.
The fact or feeling of being displeased; dissatisfaction, disapproval, annoyance, etc.
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  1. The fact or feeling of being displeased; dissatisfaction, disapproval, annoyance, etc.
  2. (Archaic) Discomfort, sorrow, trouble, etc.
  3. A feeling of being displeased with something or someone; dissatisfaction; disapproval.
Something that hurts; a pain, injury, or wound.
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  1. Something that hurts; a pain, injury, or wound.
  2. Mental suffering; anguish:
  3. A wrong; harm:
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  1. A surname​.
  2. A condition of smoldering anger or resentment
  3. A fit of anger or annoyance; a pique:
A sickening distaste or dislike; deep aversion; repugnance
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  1. A sickening distaste or dislike; deep aversion; repugnance
  2. Profound dislike or annoyance caused by something sickening or offensive.
An open or intentional offense, slight, or insult:
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  1. An open or intentional offense, slight, or insult:
  2. (Obsolete) A hostile encounter or meeting.
  3. An open or intentional insult; slight to one's dignity
An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
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  1. An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
  2. Rudeness or contempt arising from arrogance; insolence.
  3. Haughty and contemptuous rudeness; insulting and humiliating treatment or language
(Archaic) Contempt; scorn
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  1. (Archaic) Contempt; scorn
  2. A contemptuous act; insult; injury
  3. Spite; malice:
Humiliating, degrading, or abusive treatment.
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  1. Humiliating, degrading, or abusive treatment.
  2. (Obsolete) Lack of dignity or honor.
  3. A source of offense, as to a person's pride or sense of dignity; an affront.
An insulting act, remark, etc.; affront; indignity
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  1. An insulting act, remark, etc.; affront; indignity
  2. Something that causes injury, irritation, or trauma:
  3. (Med.) Damage or injury to tissues or organs of the body
Great anger, indignation, etc. aroused by such an act or offense
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  1. Great anger, indignation, etc. aroused by such an act or offense
  2. An extremely vicious or violent act
  3. Something that is grossly offensive to decency, morality, or good taste:
A deliberate discourtesy; a snub:
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  1. A deliberate discourtesy; a snub:
  2. The act of slighting; a deliberate act of neglect or discourtesy.
  3. A slighting or being slighted by pointedly indifferent, disrespectful, or supercilious treatment
(Obsolete) A kind of wood used in making knife handles.
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  1. (Obsolete) A kind of wood used in making knife handles.
  2. A feeling of anger or resentment (usually only in set terms, below).
  3. Anger or resentment
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  1. A surname​.
  2. A fit of anger or annoyance; a pique:
  3. A condition of smoldering anger or resentment
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  1. A small argument, quarrel.
  2. A trivial quarrel or fit of the sulks; tiff or huff
  3. A petty quarrel or argument; a tiff.
A tightly woven fabric with various raised patterns, produced especially by a double warp.
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  1. A tightly woven fabric with various raised patterns, produced especially by a double warp.
  2. A state of vexation caused by a perceived slight or indignity; a feeling of wounded pride.
  3. Resentment at being slighted or disdained; ruffled pride
A feeling of displeasure and indignation, from a sense of being injured or offended
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  1. A feeling of displeasure and indignation, from a sense of being injured or offended
  2. Indignation or ill will stemming from a feeling of having been wronged or offended.
Offense or resentment
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  1. Offense or resentment
  2. (Archaic) A semblance or shadowy appearance
  3. Foliage, considered as shade-giving
An act committed in violation of law where the consequence of conviction by a court is punishment, especially where the punishment is a serious one such as imprisonment.
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  1. An act committed in violation of law where the consequence of conviction by a court is punishment, especially where the punishment is a serious one such as imprisonment.
  2. An unjust, senseless, or disgraceful act or condition:
  3. An offense against morality; sin
Reckless mischief.
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  1. Reckless mischief.
  2. Reckless mischief, fun, etc.
  3. Evil magic; witchcraft.
A dealing with devils, as by sorcery or witchcraft
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  1. A dealing with devils, as by sorcery or witchcraft
  2. Devilish conduct; deviltry.
  3. Lore about devils, diabolism, etc.
That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction:
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  1. That which causes harm, misfortune, or destruction:
  2. Moral wickedness; depravity; sin
  3. The quality of being morally bad or wrong; wickedness.
(Uncountable) The state or quality of being immoral; vice.
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  1. (Uncountable) The state or quality of being immoral; vice.
  2. The quality or condition of being immoral.
  3. An immoral act or practice; vice
Gross immorality or injustice; wickedness.
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  1. Gross immorality or injustice; wickedness.
  2. Lack of righteousness or justice; wickedness
  3. A grossly immoral act; a sin.
A wrong or wicked act; crime, sin, etc.
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  1. A wrong or wicked act; crime, sin, etc.
  2. A wrong or illegal deed; a wrongdoing.
Sinfulness
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The condition of being guilty of continued offense against God, religion, or good morals
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  1. The condition of being guilty of continued offense against God, religion, or good morals
  2. A condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience.
  3. Something regarded as being shameful, deplorable, or utterly wrong.
That which is unjust, immoral, or improper:
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  1. That which is unjust, immoral, or improper:
  2. An unjust, injurious, or immoral act:
  3. The condition of being in error or at fault:
(Uncountable) Violation of standards of behavior.
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  1. (Uncountable) Violation of standards of behavior.
  2. (Countable) An instance of doing wrong.
  3. Any act or behavior that is wrong; the doing of wrong; transgression
An act committed in violation of a law prohibiting it, or omitted in violation of a law ordering it; often, specif., such an act of a serious nature, as a felony: crimes are variously punishable by death, imprisonment, or the imposition of certain fines or restrictions: the range of crime includes felonies and misdemeanors, but not petty violations of local ordinances
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  1. An act committed in violation of a law prohibiting it, or omitted in violation of a law ordering it; often, specif., such an act of a serious nature, as a felony: crimes are variously punishable by death, imprisonment, or the imposition of certain fines or restrictions: the range of crime includes felonies and misdemeanors, but not petty violations of local ordinances
  2. Unlawful activity:
  3. An offense against morality; sin
Great anger, indignation, etc. aroused by such an act or offense
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  1. Great anger, indignation, etc. aroused by such an act or offense
  2. An act of extreme violence or viciousness:
  3. Something that is grossly offensive to decency, morality, or good taste:
One of the two forms of the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet, distinguished from the letter shin by having a dot above the left side of the letter.
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  1. One of the two forms of the 21st letter of the Hebrew alphabet, distinguished from the letter shin by having a dot above the left side of the letter.
  2. A condition of estrangement from God resulting from such disobedience.
  3. A transgression of a religious or moral law, especially when deliberate.
An act committed in violation of law where the consequence of conviction by a court is punishment, especially where the punishment is a serious one such as imprisonment.
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  1. An act committed in violation of law where the consequence of conviction by a court is punishment, especially where the punishment is a serious one such as imprisonment.
  2. An act committed in violation of a law prohibiting it, or omitted in violation of a law ordering it; often, specif., such an act of a serious nature, as a felony: crimes are variously punishable by death, imprisonment, or the imposition of certain fines or restrictions: the range of crime includes felonies and misdemeanors, but not petty violations of local ordinances
  3. Unlawful activity:
An illegal act.
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  1. An illegal act.
  2. The quality or state of being illegal.
A wrong or illegal deed; a wrongdoing.
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  1. A wrong or illegal deed; a wrongdoing.
  2. A wrong or wicked act; crime, sin, etc.
Any of several crimes in early English law that were punishable by forfeiture of land or goods and by capital or other serious punishment.
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  1. Any of several crimes in early English law that were punishable by forfeiture of land or goods and by capital or other serious punishment.
  2. A major crime, as murder, arson, or rape, for which statute usually provides a greater punishment than for a misdemeanor: the usual minimum penalty is imprisonment for one year
Forceful, assertive, or overbearing behavior or attitudes:
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  1. Forceful, assertive, or overbearing behavior or attitudes:
  2. The practice or habit of taking hostile actions or launching military attacks:
  3. An unprovoked attack or warlike act; specif., the use of armed force by a state in violation of its international obligations
A violent physical attack, as with blows.
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  1. A violent physical attack, as with blows.
  2. A strong or cutting verbal attack.
  3. The close-combat phase of an attack
An expression of strong criticism; hostile comment:
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  1. An expression of strong criticism; hostile comment:
  2. The experience or beginning of a feeling, need, or desire:
  3. Scoring ability or potential:
An effort or a try.
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  1. An effort or a try.
  2. The intentional and overt taking of a substantial step toward the commission of a crime that falls short of completing the crime. The mere planning of a crime, as well as soliciting another to commit the crime, does not constitute an attempt to commit the crime. Attempt is a crime distinct from the offense that the criminal was attempting to commit. Various legal tests are used to determine when, between planning a crime and committing it, a person’s actions constitute an attempt. See also conspiracy and solicitation. The intentional and overt taking of a substantial step toward the commission of a crime that falls short of completing the crime. The mere planning of a crime, as well as soliciting another to commit the crime, does not constitute an attempt to commit the crime. Attempt is a crime distinct from the offense that the criminal was attempting to commit. Various legal tests are used to determine when, between planning a crime and committing it, a person’s actions constitute an attempt. See also conspiracy and solicitation.
  3. An attack; an assault:
A physical or military attack or assault:
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  1. A physical or military attack or assault:
  2. An attack or hostile action, esp. by armed forces
  3. Attitude or position of attack
A forward rush or flow.
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  1. A forward rush or flow.
  2. A headlong dash forward; strong onward rush
  3. A violent physical or verbal attack; an assault.
(Linguistics) The part of a syllable that precedes the nucleus. In the word nucleus (no͝o&STRESS;klē-əs), the onset of the first syllable is (n), the onset of the second syllable is (kl), and the last syllable has no onset.
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  1. (Linguistics) The part of a syllable that precedes the nucleus. In the word nucleus (no͝o&STRESS;klē-əs), the onset of the first syllable is (n), the onset of the second syllable is (kl), and the last syllable has no onset.
  2. (Archaic) An attack by military forces; an assault.
  3. An attack; assault
An overwhelming outpouring:
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  1. An overwhelming outpouring:
  2. A violent attack.
A concerted refusal by employees to go on working, in an attempt to force an employer to grant certain demands, as for higher wages, better working conditions, etc.
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  1. A concerted refusal by employees to go on working, in an attempt to force an employer to grant certain demands, as for higher wages, better working conditions, etc.
  2. An attack, especially a military air attack on a single group of targets.
  3. (Sports) A scoring attempt, often resulting in a goal.

Synonym Study

  • Displeasure may describe a feeling varying from dissatisfaction or disapproval to anger and indignation
  • Pique suggests a passing feeling of ruffled pride, usually over a trifle
  • Umbrage implies offense or resentment at being slighted or having one's pride hurt he took umbrage at the tone of her letter
  • Resentment adds implications of indignation, a brooding over an injury, and ill will toward the offender a resentment cherished for days
  • Offense , in this connection, implies displeased or hurt feelings as the result of a slight, insult, etc. don't take offense at my criticism
Find another word for offense. In this page you can discover 72 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for offense, like: misdemeanor, malfeasance, transgression, assault, aggression, battery, umbrage, resentment, pique, indignation and displeasure.