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offence

[uh-fens, aw-fens, of-ens] /əˈfɛns, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns/
noun
1.
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offence

/əˈfɛns/
noun
1.
a violation or breach of a law, custom, rule, etc
2.
  1. any public wrong or crime
  2. a nonindictable crime punishable on summary conviction
3.
annoyance, displeasure, or resentment
4.
give offence, give offence to someone, to cause annoyance or displeasure to someone
5.
take offence, to feel injured, humiliated, or offended
6.
a source of annoyance, displeasure, or anger
7.
attack; assault
8.
(archaic) injury or harm
9.
(American football) the offense (ˈɒfɛns)
  1. the team that has possession of the ball
  2. the members of a team that play in such circumstances
Derived Forms
offenceless, (US) offenseless, adjective
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Word Origin and History for offence
n.

see offense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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offence in the Bible

(1.) An injury or wrong done to one (1 Sam. 25:31; Rom. 5:15). (2.) A stumbling-block or cause of temptation (Isa. 8:14; Matt. 16:23; 18:7). Greek skandalon, properly that at which one stumbles or takes offence. The "offence of the cross" (Gal. 5:11) is the offence the Jews took at the teaching that salvation was by the crucified One, and by him alone. Salvation by the cross was a stumbling-block to their national pride.

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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