of·fend·er /ə-'fen-dər/ n: one that commits an offense
a repeat offender

Merriam-Webster’s Dictionary of Law. . 1996.

I noun aggressor, assailant, criminal, delinquent, evildoer, felon, lawbreaker, malefactor, malfeasant, one implicated in the commission of a crime, one who breaks the law, one who commits a crime, peccans, sinner, transgressor, violator, wrongdoer associated concepts: first offender, multiple offender, youthful offender II index convict, criminal, delinquent, felon, lawbreaker, malefactor, outlaw, pariah, racketeer, recidivist, wrongdoer

Burton's Legal Thesaurus. . 2006

One who commits an illegal act.

The Essential Law Dictionary. — Sphinx Publishing, An imprint of Sourcebooks, Inc. . 2008.

A quasi-legal term that refers to someone who has been convicted of a crime, as in "repeat offender."
Category: Criminal Law
Category: Small Claims Court & Lawsuits

Nolo’s Plain-English Law Dictionary. . 2009.

   an accused defendant in a criminal case or one convicted of a crime.
   See also: accused, defendant

Law dictionary. . 2013.

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  • Offender — Of*fend er, n. One who offends; one who violates any law, divine or human; a wrongdoer. [1913 Webster] I and my son Solomon shall be counted offenders. 1 Kings i. 21. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offender — (n.) mid 15c., agent noun from OFFEND (Cf. offend) (v.) …   Etymology dictionary

  • offender — [n] perpetrator con*, convict, criminal, crook, culprit, delinquent, felon, guilty party, guilty person, jailbird*, lawbreaker, malefactor, sinner, suspect, transgressor, wrongdoer; concept 91 …   New thesaurus

  • offender — of|fend|er [əˈfendə US ər] n 1.) someone who is guilty of a crime ▪ Community punishment is used for less serious offenders. ▪ At 16, Scott was already a persistent offender (=someone who has been caught several times for committing crimes) .… …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • offender — [[t]əfe̱ndə(r)[/t]] offenders 1) N COUNT: oft supp N An offender is a person who has committed a crime. The authorities often know that sex offenders will attack again when they are released. 2) N COUNT You can refer to someone or something which …   English dictionary

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  • offender — noun (C) 1 someone who is guilty of a crime: an institute for young offenders | first offender (=one who has done a criminal action for the first time) 2 someone or something that is the cause of something that is bad: Among causes of air… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • offender */*/ — UK [əˈfendə(r)] / US [əˈfendər] noun [countable] Word forms offender : singular offender plural offenders 1) someone who has committed a crime sex offenders 2) something that is causing a problem Older houses cost a lot to maintain and… …   English dictionary

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