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Definition of offender noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1a person who commits a crime a persistent/serious/violent, etc. offender a young offender institution see also first offender, sex offender
  2. 2a person or thing that does something wrong The report on sexual discrimination at work shows that some of the worst offenders are women. When it comes to pollution, the chemical industry is a major offender.
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