Offense synonyms

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(Uncountable) The practice or habit of committing crimes.
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Discomfort, uneasiness, or pain.
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A strong feeling of displeasure, hostility or antagonism towards someone or something, usually combined with an urge to harm.
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A bodily injury, irritation, or trauma.
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Something that is grossly offensive to decency, morality, or good taste:
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The definition of a misdemeanor is a criminal offense more serious than an infraction and less serious than a felony. Federal criminal law classifies a misdemeanor as one in which the maximum punishment in terms of jail time is less than one year. Approximately half of the state legal systems also use this classification. In other states, the classification of a misdemeanor is a crime in which the only punishments that can be handed down are fines or jail time. In those states, crimes allowing any other punishment, such as seizure of property or the death penalty, would automatically be felonies.
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An unlawful act, particularly one committed by a public official.
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A violent physical attack, as with blows.
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An unprovoked attack or warlike act; specif., the use of armed force by a state in violation of its international obligations
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An impressive body or group:
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Feeling of anger or annoyance caused by something offensive.
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A feeling of displeasure and indignation, from a sense of being injured or offended
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In piquet, the right of the elder hand to count thirty in hand, or to play before the adversary counts one.
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Anger aroused by something perceived as unjust, mean, or unworthy.
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Harm, wrong, or damage
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A surname​.
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A sickening distaste or dislike; deep aversion; repugnance
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Resentment
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(Theology) A violation of God's will or religious law.
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Attack is the start of something dangerous and damaging, often in relation to some type of chemical substance.
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Unpleasantly loud and noisy:
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Displaying a patronizingly superior attitude:
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Used in reference to an utterance, to indicate that it is false and harmful to the reputation of another.
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Tending to detract or diminish.
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Unattractive, dislikable, objectionable.
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Causing distaste; disagreeable
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Extremely inferior; very bad:
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Having a bad smell, as of decay; putrid
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The definition of gratuitous is something that is given for free, unnecessary or not called for.
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The definition of invidious is something that is likely to cause anger, or something that is unjust or unfair.
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Causing loathing; disgusting; abhorrent; detestable
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Offensive to the point of arousing disgust; foul:
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Open to objection
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The definition of obnoxious is someone or something that is very annoying or offensive.
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Tending to push self-assertively forward; brash:
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The definition of odious is something that is extremely unpleasant or hated.
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Of, relating to, or designed for attack:
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Of, pertaining to, characteristic of or practicing paternalism
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The definition of patronizing is pretending to be nice when actually talking down to someone, or treating someone as if he or she is less intelligent.
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Deserving rebuke or censure:
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Causing repugnance; distasteful; offensive; disagreeable
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The definition of repulsive is disgusting.
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The definition of ribald is something that references sexual matters in a bawdy or humorous way.
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Deserving ridicule
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The definition of unsavory is unpleasant, disagreeable or disreputable.
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An open or intentional insult; slight to one's dignity
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(Law) A breaking or infraction of a law, or of any obligation or tie; violation; non-fulfillment; as, a breach of contract; a breach of promise.
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Expense; cost:
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(Law) Neglect or fault; negligence
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A debt or other financial obligation on which payment is overdue.
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A feeling of anger or resentment (usually only in set terms, below).
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A negligent or intentional failure to act reasonably or according to law or duty; an act or omission giving rise to a criminal indictment or a civil tort lawsuit.
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Each type of felony is classified using a degree ranking. This degree ranking uses a letter or a number, and the rank determines how serious the crime is. These rankings usually differ from state to state; however, violent felonies are often considered more serious crimes than non violent crimes.
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Remorseful awareness of having done something wrong.
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An affront to one's dignity or pride
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That which was done that should not have been, ranging from any sin or moral offense to various degrees of crime.
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An otherwise legal act that is performed in an illegal fashion.
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The quality of being offensive
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A large quantity of people or things resembling an attack.
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A wrongful act, injury, or damage (not involving a breach of contract), for which a civil action can be brought
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A moral offense; transgression
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(Uncountable) The quality of being venial (pardonable).
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The act or an instance of violating or the condition of being violated:
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That which is unjust, immoral, or improper:
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(Uncountable) Violation of standards of behavior.
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To cause to be transferred; turn away:
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To incur the dislike of; make an enemy of
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To turn (a person) from an affectionate or friendly attitude to an indifferent, unfriendly, or hostile one; alienate the affections of
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To hurt the feelings of; cause to feel resentful, angry, or displeased; insult
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(Idiomatic, often with to) To take offense; to object or protest.
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To transgress is to go past a limit or to break the rules of accepted behavior.
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(Archaic) Good luck; good fortune; prosperity.
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A source of enjoyment or delight:
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An instance of kind behavior:
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The state, fact, or an instance of obeying, or a willingness to obey; submission
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An insolent or arrogant remark or act.
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Contemptuous defiance or disregard.
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A slighting or being slighted by pointedly indifferent, disrespectful, or supercilious treatment
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A petulant, bad-tempered mood; a huff.
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Extreme displeasure caused by an insult or slight
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An act of mischief, cruelty, or witchcraft.
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Representation of devils or demons, as in paintings or fiction.
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The quality of being morally bad or wrong; wickedness.
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An evil or wicked act or behaviour, especially such a crime.
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(Countable) An immoral act or practice.
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The definition of an iniquity is a sin or wrong doing.
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(Rare) Faultiness, a state of being flawed.
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(Law) (uncountable): a defense to the validity of a contract because it was in violation of the law
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(Rare) An assault; an attack.
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An effort or a try.
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A headlong dash forward; strong onward rush
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A rushing or setting upon; an attack; an assault; a storming; especially, the assault of an army.
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A perfectly thrown ball:
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(Usually plural) Something that a person likes (prefers).
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(Countable) An annoying person or thing.
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All or part of the right side
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Plural form of crime
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(criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
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Attributive form of criminal offence
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British standard spelling of offense.
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(criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
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Lack of courtesy; impoliteness; bad manners; rudeness
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a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
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The act of defending against attack, danger, or injury.
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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 111 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for offense, like: crime, displeasure, anger, insult, outrage, misdemeanor, malfeasance, transgression, assault, aggression and battery.