To take offense, to feel, or assume to be, injured or affronted; to become angry or hostile.Weapons of offense, those which are used in attack, in distinction from those of defense, which are used to repel.

Syn. — Displeasure; umbrage; resentment; misdeed; misdemeanor; trespass; transgression; delinquency; fault; sin; crime; affront; indignity; outrage; insult.

(Of*fense"ful) a. Causing offense; displeasing; wrong; as, an offenseful act. [R.]

(Of*fense"less), a. Unoffending; inoffensive.

(Of*fen"si*ble) a. That may give offense. [Obs.]

(Of*fen"sion) n. [OF., fr. L. offensio an offense.] Assault; attack. [Obs.] Chaucer.

(Of*fen"sive) a. [Cf.F. offensif. See Offend.]

1. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words.

2. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive sounds. "Offensive to the stomach." Bacon.

3. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; — opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons.

League offensive and defensive, a leaque that requires all the parties to it to make war together against any foe, and to defend one another if attacked.

Syn. — Displeasing; disagreeable; distasteful; obnoxious; abhorrent; disgusting; impertinent; rude; saucy; reproachful; opprobrious; insulting; insolent; abusive; scurrilous; assailant; attacking; invading.

(Of*fend"er) n. One who offends; one who violates any law, divine or human; a wrongdoer.

I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders.
1 Kings i. 21.

(Of*fend"ress) n. A woman who offends. Shak.

(Of*fense", Of*fence") n. [F., fr. L. offensa. See Offend.]

1. 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.
Rom. iv. 25.

I have given my opinion against the authority of two great men, but I hope without offense to their memories.

2. The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.

He was content to give them just cause of offense, when they had power to make just revenge.
Sir P. Sidney.

3. A cause or occasion of stumbling or of sin. [Obs.]

Woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!
Matt. xviii. 7.

This word, like expense, is often spelled with a c. It ought, however, to undergo the same change with expense, the reasons being the same, namely, that s must be used in offensive as in expensive, and is found in the Latin offensio, and the French offense.

  By PanEris using Melati.

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