offender


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offender

n. an accused defendant in a criminal case or one convicted of a crime. (See: defendant, accused)

offender

noun aggressor, assailant, criminal, evildoer, felon, lawbreaker, malefactor, malfeasant, one implicated in the commission of a crime, one who breaks the law, one who commits a crime, peccans, sinner, transgressor, violator, wrongdoer
Associated concepts: first offender, multiple offender, youthhul offender
See also: convict, criminal, delinquent, felon, lawbreaker, malefactor, outlaw, pariah, racketeer, recidivist, wrongdoer
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I had heard the word, and I knew it stood for a horrible kind of punishment common enough among the buccaneers, in which the offender is put ashore with a little powder and shot and left behind on some desolate and distant island.
The nearest relation gives the first thrust, and is followed by all the rest according to their degrees of kindred; and they to whom it does not happen to strike while the offender is alive, dip the points of their lances in his blood to show that they partake in the revenge.
Unhappily, there is no inherent poetical justice in hobbles, and they will sometimes obstinately refuse to inflict their worst consequences on the prime offender, in spite of his loudly expressed wish.
They had reached the bank of the lake, and were diverging from the route of the highway, before Kirby recollected that he was now entitled to the privilege of the initiated, and repeated his question as to the name of the offender,
Within the fated period the offender was smitten with strange and sudden disease, and perished from the face of the earth.
Caswall, who was the offender, are out of range as witnesses.
On that occasion Professor Summerlee was the chief offender, and though he is now chastened and contrite, the matter could not be entirely forgotten.
And in order that this lesson in discipline and obedience might be visible to every one, it was determined not to electrocute or drown but hang the offender.
There is little doubt that my pretty piglet has been eaten by that horrid kitten, and if that is true the offender must be punished.
Bashti cried in a rage at the offender, who lay fear- stricken where he had fallen, trembling for what next words might fall from his chief's lips.
John quietly wiped away the blood that followed the blow, fixed his eyes upon the already penitent offender and said with cold composure, "You will die for that.
the royal offender with a switch that was afterward applied to his own