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    attacker vs. offender - difference, bias


    attacker vs. offender


    difference, bias

    In the context of self-defence, when there's only two sides: the victim and the "bad guy", what would be the proper term for the baddy?
    What is the difference between "attacker" and "offender"? Can both be used likewise or do they have different meanings/biases? Do they imply different aspects?
    Verfasserznique30 Sep. 10, 08:59
    An attacker is a person who attacks someone.
    An offender is someone who breaks the law.
    #1VerfasserCM2DD (236324) 30 Sep. 10, 09:54
    Interesting. Then why does LEO give both for "Angreifer" without any further details?
    Is this something simple and clear for native english speakers?
    Getting back to this very context:
    If I attack someone on the streets for no obvious reason, I do break the law, right?
    So I'm likewise an offender and attacker?
    #2Verfasserznique30 Sep. 10, 10:10
    Then why does LEO give both for "Angreifer" without any further details?
    That's two questions:

    why does LEO give both for "Angreifer"
    - because some entries in Leo come from word lists that gave it a boost when the dictionary started out but are not very reliable. These are being weeded out.

    without any further details - because instead of providing details, Leo always just provides a link to a dictionary where you can find out the context each word might be used in yourself. This system could be improved upon, but it would take a very long time to do so.
    #3VerfasserCM2DD (236324) 30 Sep. 10, 10:14
    Sorry, since I'm not a native english speaker, I still can't figure out the answer to my original Q. In the given context, could the wrongdoer be called "offender" or is "attacker" the only valid term to use here?
    If both could be used, would the statement be different?
    #4Verfasserznique30 Sep. 10, 22:09
    If you are writing about the actual fight on the street (or wherever it is taking place), you would refer to the attacker.

    If you were writing about the case being heard in court, you could refer to the offender.
    #5VerfasserRichard (236495) 30 Sep. 10, 23:50
    Thanks Richard.
    #6Verfasserznique01 Okt. 10, 08:12
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