Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.

EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OFFENDERS

What could he do to persuade the two offenders to the only right course!

We had a rich and delightful ride, but did not succeed in overhauling the offenders.

It will be observed that it is planned for holding a number of offenders at the same time.

Homicide forms 91% of the criminality of this group of offenders.

You know how they stopped this and punished the offenders, and how much good this has done.

Sometimes we slightly punished the offenders, by cutting off their hair.

Offenders who refuse to go to prison, or who escape from it, are to be expelled.

Of this discontent Parliament could not be the focus, for members of Parliament were themselves the offenders.

But he was in no mood to atone vicariously for the offenders aboard the Conomo.

There was no certainty that justice would ever reach these offenders.

WORD ORIGIN

early 14c., "to sin against (someone)," from Old French ofendre "transgress, antagonize," and directly from Latin offendere "to hit, strike against," figuratively "to stumble, commit a fault, displease, trespass against, provoke," from ob "against" (see ob-) + -fendere "to strike" (found only in compounds; see defend).

Meaning "to violate (a law), to make a moral false step, to commit a crime" is from late 14c. Meaning "to wound the feelings" is from late 14c. The literal sense of "to attack, assail" is attested from late 14c.; this has been lost in Modern English, but is preserved in offense and offensive. Related: Offended; offending.

Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.