What does the word offense mean?

Usage examples for offense

  1. The second offense was felony without benefit of clergy. – Our Legal Heritage, 4th Ed. by S. A. Reilly
  2. If the order was not obeyed, the Commission was to apply for assistance to the circuit court of appeals in the district where the offense was alleged to have been committed. – The United States Since The Civil War by Charles Ramsdell Lingley