An offender is a criminal, someone who breaks the law. A first-time offender, depending on the crime, might only have to pay a fine or perform community service.

Offender is the way prison inmates and lawbreakers are often referred to in news reports or by police officers and prison staff. You might hear terms like "drug offenders," people arrested for crimes involving illegal drugs, or "juvenile offenders," young people who have broken the law. Offender comes from the verb offend, "to sin against" in the fourteenth century, from the Latin offendere, "to hit or strike against."

Definitions of offender

n a person who transgresses moral or civil law

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a habitual liar (after a New Testament character who was struck dead for lying)
Benedict Arnold
United States general and traitor in the American Revolution; in 1780 his plan to surrender West Point to the British was foiled (1741-1801)
William H. Bonney
United States outlaw who was said to have killed 21 men (1859-1881)
Alphonse Capone
United States gangster who terrorized Chicago during prohibition until arrested for tax evasion (1899-1947)
Guy Fawkes
English conspirator who was executed for his role in a plot to blow up James I and the Houses of Parliament (1570-1606)
Jack the Ripper
an unidentified English murderer in the 19th century
Jesse James
United States outlaw who fought as a Confederate soldier and later led a band of outlaws that robbed trains and banks in the West until he was murdered by a member of his own gang (1847-1882)
Robert MacGregor
Scottish clan leader and outlaw who was the subject of a 1817 novel by Sir Walter Scott (1671-1734)
St. Mary Magdalene
sinful woman Jesus healed of evil spirits; she became a follower of Jesus
Titus Oates
English conspirator who claimed that there was a Jesuit plot to assassinate Charles II (1649-1705)
John Wilkes Booth
United States actor and assassin of President Lincoln (1838-1865)
Lee Harvey Oswald
United States assassin of President John F. Kennedy (1939-1963)
Jean Laffite
French pirate who aided the United States in the War of 1812 and received an official pardon for his crimes (1780-1826)
Sir Henry Morgan
a Welsh buccaneer who raided Spanish colonies in the West Indies for the English (1635-1688)
Bartholomew Roberts
a Welsh pirate credited with having taken more than 400 ships (1682-1722)
Edward Thatch
an English pirate who operated in the Caribbean and off the Atlantic coast of North America (died in 1718)
Dick Turpin
English highwayman (1706-1739)
Khayr ad-Din
Barbary pirate (died in 1546)
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abuser, maltreater
someone who abuses
aggressor, assailant, assaulter, attacker
someone who attacks
barrater, barrator
someone guilty of barratry
a person who has been convicted of a criminal offense
beguiler, cheat, cheater, deceiver, slicker, trickster
someone who leads you to believe something that is not true
delinquent, juvenile delinquent
a young offender
defector, deserter
a person who abandons their duty (as on a military post)
ganef, ganof, gonif, goniff
(Yiddish) a thief or dishonest person or scoundrel (often used as a general term of abuse)
someone who transgresses; someone who violates a law or command
one guilty of malfeasance
someone who subjects others to unwanted or improper sexual activities
no-show, nonattender, truant
someone who shirks duty
culprit, perpetrator
someone who perpetrates wrongdoing
(criminal law) any person involved in a criminal offense, regardless of whether the person profits from such involvement
backslider, recidivist, reversionist
someone who lapses into previous undesirable patterns of behavior
miscreant, reprobate
a person without moral scruples
a person who is ruthless and greedy and dishonest
pettifogger, shyster
a person (especially a lawyer or politician) who uses unscrupulous or unethical methods
evildoer, sinner
a person who sins (without repenting)
supplanter, usurper
one who wrongfully or illegally seizes and holds the place of another
war criminal
an offender who violates international law during times of war
an attacker who waits in a concealed position to launch a surprise attack
avenger, retaliator
someone who takes vengeance
beast, brute, savage, wildcat, wolf
a cruelly rapacious person
an assailant who uses a bludgeon
bluffer, four-flusher
a person who tries to bluff other people
bully, hooligan, roughneck, rowdy, ruffian, tough, yob, yobbo, yobo
a cruel and brutal fellow
claim jumper
one who illegally occupies property to which another has a legal claim
chiseler, chiseller, defrauder, gouger, grifter, scammer, swindler
a person who swindles you by means of deception or fraud
criminal, crook, felon, malefactor, outlaw
someone who has committed a crime or has been legally convicted of a crime
decoy, steerer
a beguiler who leads someone into danger (usually as part of a plot)
an ideological defector from the party line (especially from orthodox communism)
dodger, fox, slyboots
a shifty deceptive person
betrayer, double-crosser, double-dealer, traitor, two-timer
a person who says one thing and does another
draft dodger, draft evader
someone who is drafted and illegally refuses to serve
defalcator, embezzler, peculator
someone who violates a trust by taking (money) for his own use
someone who falsifies
finagler, wangler
a deceiver who uses crafty misleading methods
first offender
someone convicted for the first time
a molester who touches the intimate parts of the victim
counterfeiter, forger
someone who makes copies illegally
fortune hunter
a person who seeks wealth through marriage
figurehead, front, front man, nominal head, straw man, strawman
a person used as a cover for some questionable activity
harasser, harrier
a persistent attacker
dissembler, dissimulator, hypocrite, phoney, phony, pretender
a person who professes beliefs and opinions that he or she does not hold in order to conceal his or her real feelings or motives
someone who attacks cherished ideas or traditional institutions
imitator, impersonator
someone who (fraudulently) assumes the appearance of another
fake, faker, fraud, imposter, impostor, pretender, pseud, pseudo, role player, sham, shammer
a person who makes deceitful pretenses
liar, prevaricator
a person who has lied or who lies repeatedly
a reformed prostitute
marauder, piranha, predator, vulture
someone who attacks in search of booty
someone who leads astray (often deliberately)
charlatan, mountebank
a flamboyant deceiver; one who attracts customers with tricks or jokes
night rider, nightrider
member of a secret mounted band in United States South after the American Civil War; committed acts of intimidation and revenge
a person who is deliberately vague
degenerate, deviant, deviate, pervert
a person whose behavior deviates from what is acceptable especially in sexual behavior
raper, rapist
someone who forces another to have sexual intercourse
someone who rebels and becomes an outlaw
someone who deceives you about his true nature or intent in order to take advantage of you
black sheep, scapegrace
a reckless and unprincipled reprobate
sex offender
someone who has been convicted of a sex crime
shedder, spiller
an attacker who sheds or spills blood
someone who slashes another person
someone who stabs another person
lapidator, stoner
an attacker who pelts the victim with stones (especially with intent to kill)
someone who deceives a lover or spouse by carrying on a sexual relationship with somebody else
loan shark, moneylender, shylock, usurer
someone who lends money at excessive rates of interest
someone who circulates forged banknotes or counterfeit coins
an operative who initiates his own defection (usually to a hostile country) for political asylum
performs some wicked deed
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bad person
a person who does harm to others

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