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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OFFENSE

For there is a play even with most serious things that has in it no offense.

I had tasted blood of my master's enemies; also Kokomo was afraid, and that is an offense to me.

“Not meaning any offense, it was something like that,” said Sucatash, candidly.

“The excuse more than condones the offense,” continued the other.

"I've said nothing about any offense," he declared, in a hard, deliberate voice.

My words need give no offense to any Martian who comes upon them.

Headquarters of the vast Army of Offense was in the targo of the Belas.

That was their offense, and yet the town was wantonly destroyed.

If you will pardon the offense, I will promise not to be so remiss in the future.

Mr. Lincoln was always lenient when the offense was against himself.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "hurt, harm, injury, pain," from Old French ofense "offense, insult, wrong" (13c.) and directly from Latin offensa "an offense, injury, affront, crime," literally "a striking against," noun use of fem. past participle of offendere (see offend). Meaning "action of attacking" and "feeling of being hurt" are both first recorded c.1400. Sense of "breach of the law, transgression" is first recorded late 14c. Sporting sense first recorded 1894.

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