Offense (also spelled offence) is a term for:

  • in sports, an attack
  • in law, a violation of the penal law
  • a breaking of a rule or regulation
  • a discourtesy (hurting the feelings of others)

Examples of childish offenses

Children are are often scolded and/or punished for childish offenses (misbehavior) by their parents, guardians, or other people in loco parentis such as babysitters, governesses, teachers, etc.

Typical examples of punishable childish offenses are:


  • delinquency
  • misbehavior
  • misconduct, wrong conduct, bad conduct
  • misdoing, misdeed
  • misdemeanor
  • malefaction
  • malpractice
  • wrongdoing
  • outrage
  • naughtiness
  • delict
  • crime
  • felony
  • tort
  • sin

See also