Definition of offender in English:



  • 1A person who commits an illegal act.

    ‘an institution for young offenders’
    • ‘That is what we are dealing with, with child sex offenders.’
    • ‘Under a civil lawsuit, however, the judge can decide freely which measure will be taken against the offender.’
    • ‘They emphasize violent criminals to build prisons and they fill them with drug offenders, and insist on the death penalty.’
    • ‘The offenders had previously either been found guilty or pleaded guilty to conspiracy to handle stolen goods.’
    • ‘Offenders often fail to realize the severity of their crimes, and an antagonistic prison environment can exacerbate feelings of being wrongly accused and hamper treatment.’
    • ‘It demonstrated the procedures to follow for sentencing young offenders.’
    • ‘State budget deficits are often amplified by costs associated with prisons bulging with nonviolent drug offenders.’
    • ‘There are major problems, nevertheless, in applying the law there and prosecuting offenders.’
    • ‘Drunk drivers and other misdemeanor offenders may be less likely to face prison if a Ministry of Justice policy proposed yesterday is implemented.’
    • ‘The shots fired at her by the offender were totally unprovoked, totally unnecessary.’
    • ‘In the past two decades, the federal prison population has doubled, mostly due to drug offenders.’
    • ‘He pushed for a law that would forever put away violent repeat offenders like the men who killed his daughter.’
    • ‘The teenagers, both persistent young offenders, had admitted at least three other offences each on different days in west York.’
    • ‘She owns her own firm — often representing repeat offenders — and finds herself in a world unto itself.’
    • ‘This sentence allows an offender to be detained indefinitely.’
    • ‘Many of the young offenders who are let out are not first offenders.’
    • ‘Important differences emerged regarding the criminal histories of major and minor offenders.’
    • ‘There is nowhere dedicated to housing and rehabilitating delinquent girls or juvenile female offenders.’
    • ‘There are no similar laws denying aid to violent or other criminal offenders - including murderers.’
    • ‘Offenders of intellectual property violations will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.’
    wrongdoer, criminal, lawbreaker, malefactor, felon, delinquent, culprit, guilty party, sinner, transgressor, evil-doer, reprobate, outlaw
    juvenile delinquent, young offender
    malfeasant, misfeasor
    miscreant, trespasser
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  • 2A person or thing that does something wrong or causes problems.

    ‘you can't get away from sex these days, and the TV is the worst offender’
    • ‘In this respect, the Roman Catholics are not by any means the only offenders.’
    • ‘People working in hospitals have told me that the worst offenders for not washing their hands are the doctors.’
    • ‘The carer, a competent young woman, was obviously quite accustomed to this and handled the worst offenders with patience, courtesy, and complete effectiveness.’
    • ‘The two greatest offenders come back-to-back in the middle of the album.’
    • ‘Whether they can actually negotiate voluntary restraints remains unclear, since presumed offenders are peddling cut-rate steel in part to keep shaky economies afloat.’
    • ‘The Irish Deaf Society says less than a tenth of all Irish broadcasting is subtitled, with these stations being the worst offenders.’
    • ‘He was the worst offender in the overconfidence that swept Portuguese ranks and halted their early momentum.’
    • ‘Now, in the epoch of multiculturalism, the offenders are accused of being Eurocentric or of exhibiting cultural arrogance.’