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 Dictionary entry overview: What does offender mean? 

  The noun OFFENDER has 1 sense:

1. a person who transgresses moral or civil law

  Familiarity information: OFFENDER used as a noun is very rare.

 Dictionary entry details 


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A person who transgresses moral or civil law

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Nouns denoting people


offender; wrongdoer

Hypernyms ("offender" is a kind of...):

bad person (a person who does harm to others)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "offender"):

abuser; maltreater (someone who abuses)

no-show; nonattender; truant (someone who shirks duty)

culprit; perpetrator (someone who perpetrates wrongdoing)

fancy man; pandar; pander; panderer; pimp; ponce; procurer (someone who procures customers for whores (in England they call a pimp a ponce))

backslider; recidivist; reversionist (someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior)

miscreant; reprobate (a person without moral scruples)

shark (a person who is ruthless and greedy and dishonest)

pettifogger; shyster (a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods)

evildoer; sinner (a person who sins (without repenting))

supplanter; usurper (one who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of another)

molester (someone who subjects others to unwanted or improper sexual activities)

malfeasant (one guilty of malfeasance)

aggressor; assailant; assaulter; attacker (someone who attacks)

barrater; barrator (someone guilty of barratry)

convict (a person who has been convicted of a criminal offence)

criminal; crook; felon; malefactor; outlaw (someone who has committed (or been legally convicted of) a crime)

beguiler; cheat; cheater; deceiver; slicker; trickster (someone who leads you to believe something that is not true)

delinquent; juvenile delinquent (a young offender)

defector; deserter (a person who abandons their duty (as on a military post))

ganef; ganof; gonif; goniff ((Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse))

transgressor (someone who transgresses; someone who violates a law or command)

war criminal (an offender who violates international law during times of war)

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