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Offense

A breach of law; a crime.

An offense may consist of a felony or a misdemeanor. The term is used to indicate a violation of public rights as opposed to private ones. For example, murder is an offense whereas libel is not.

offense

n. a crime or punishable violation of law of any type or magnitude. (See: crime)

offense

noun aggression, assault, attack, breach, breach of the law, breaking of the law, crime, criminal act, criminal deed, criminality, delict, delictum, delinquency, disobedience, encroachment, evil behavior, evil deed, felony, illegal act, illegal conduct, illegality, impropriety, infraction, infringement, injury, inobservance, lawbreaking, lawlessness, malefaction, malfeasance, malpractice, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misdoing, misfeasance, misprision, noncompliance, nonobservance, official misconduct, omission, outrage, pecability, peccatum, transgression, umbrage, unlawful act, violation, violation of law, violation of orders, wrong, wrongdoing, wrongfulness
Associated concepts: bailable offense, capital offense, charged with an offense, compound offense, continuing offense, degree of offense, grave offense, lesser offense, minor offense, offense against public decency, offense at common law, petty offense, prior offense, public offense
Foreign phrases: Peccata contra naturam sunt gravissima.Crimes against nature are the most heinous.
See also: assault, crime, delict, delinquency, disrespect, exception, felony, foray, guilt, indiscretion, infraction, injury, injustice, misconduct, misdeed, misdemeanor, misdoing, misfeasance, misprision, objection, onset, provocation, resentment, transgression, umbrage, violation, wrong
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Would it be proper that the persons who had disposed of his fame, and his most valuable rights as a citizen in one trial, should, in another trial, for the same offense, be also the disposers of his life and his fortune?
The doubles the offense," said Porthos, disengaging his arm from that of the procurator's wife; "for if you are rich, Madame Coquenard, then there is no excuse for your refusal.
What need is there that you should know his name; the offense was directed against myself, and the permission once obtained from his majesty, to revenge it is my affair.
This dogged determination on the part of the sturdy captain gave high offense to Mr.
No person shall be held to answer for a capital, or otherwise infamous crime, unless on a presentment or indictment of a Grand Jury, except in cases arising in the land or naval forces, or in the Militia, when in actual service in time of War or public danger; nor shall any person be subject for the same offense to be twice put in jeopardy of life or limb; nor shall be compelled in any criminal case to be a witness against himself, nor be deprived of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor shall private property be taken for public use without just compensation.
For an offense done to the family honor, the sons of Jacob exterminated all Shechem once.
You're quick at taking offense, but you don't mind disgracing the whole regiment
The Indictment concluded by declaring that, in the event of the offense charged against the prisoner being found proven by the Verdict, he, the said Eustace Macallan, "ought to be punished with the pains of the law, to deter others from committing like crimes in all time coming.
We arrived at nothing very definite in the matter of Snider's punishment, since Taylor was for shooting him, Delcarte insisting that he should be hanged, while I, although fully conscious of the gravity of his offense, could not bring myself to give the death penalty.
KARNEGIE was a woman of feeble intelligence and violent temper; prompt to take offense, and not, for the most part, easy to appease.
It embraced every human offense except a breach of good manners.
That offense would have been more than pleasing to me," said Pinocchio, scratching his head.