offender definition

  • noun:
    • the one that offends, especially one that breaks a public law: a corrections organization for youthful offenders.
    • person who gives or triggers offense.
    • someone who commits an offense unlawful, a lawbreaker.
    • One who offends; person who violates any law, divine or personal; a wrongdoer.
    • a person who offends; a person who transgresses or violates a law, whether man or divine; a person who infringes regulations; person who functions unlike the rights of others, or even to personal rule or custom; person who displeases or annoys; person who gives offense, or incurs the dislike or resentment of some other.
    • Synonyms Offender, Delinquent, culprit. Offender is different from delinquent because a delinquent is, purely, a poor transgressor, one who neglects to adhere to the requirements associated with the law, whereas an offender is a positive transgressor, person who violates legislation or social rule. Both tend to be general terms, covering the offenses or delinquencies under divine or human regulations, personal usages, etc.
    • an individual who transgresses moral or civil-law

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