What is an offense?

What is an offense? Here are some definitions.

  1. The act of offending:
    1. a crime or sin
    2. an affront, insult or injury.
  2. The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.
  3. (team sports) A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defense.
  4. (team sports) The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defense.
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But the worst offense is a tone of cheerful, sanitized neutrality so overwhelming that it actually renders the prose ahistorical.
Politicians and military planners argued aerial offense was the most effective against foreign aggression or invasion.
If the defense is active and moves from one side of the offense to the other quickly, it can be confusing to the offensive players teammates.
A motormouth jitterbug with a shiny dome, he was the X factor, goosing the rhythm and galvanizing the offense.
The offense still is one of the league's best with WRs Ed McCaffrey and Rod Smith having banner seasons.
If the coaches are stubborn enough to force a balance, the offense again will be one of the NFL's best.

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