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offender

noun
     
Related topics: Crime
of‧fend‧er [countable]
1SCC 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).
first offender, sex offender, young offender
2 someone or something that is the cause of something bad:
Among causes of air pollution, car exhaust fumes may be the worst offender.
WORD FOCUS: crime WORD FOCUS: crime
crimes that involve stealing things: robbery, burglary, theft, shoplifting, fraud, carjacking

crimes that involve attacking people : assault, mugging, murder, rape

someone who commits crimes: criminal, thief, crook, burglar, mugger, robber, pickpocket, rapist, offender, lawbreaker
crime

See also
crime

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