ETYM French, from Latin offensa. Related to Offend.
1. The action of attacking the enemy; SYN. offence, offensive.
2. (Sports) The team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score.
3. (Sports) That part of a team that specializes in offensive maneuvers.
4. (Stress on second syllable) Umbrage or anger; to feel offended.