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[uh-fens, aw-fens, of-ens] /əˈfɛns, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns/
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Examples from the web for offence
  • Funny that such offence seems to be taken over the asking of questions.
  • Making a false statement to a federal official is an offence.
  • To lobby for continued coal combustion is in my opinion a criminal offence.
  • If the police had caught her, she would have been guilty of an offence.
  • The city has even made aggressive begging an offence.
  • In fact it is unethical and should be banned as a criminal offence.
  • No offence but it seems to me that the scientific content of this episode was especially low.
  • But that hardly makes up for the offence and inaccuracy.
  • It recently announced plans to make kerb-crawling an arrestable offence.
  • The complainant then proceeded to exhibit his ledger, as embodying proofs of the offence that had been charged.
British Dictionary definitions for offence


a violation or breach of a law, custom, rule, etc
  1. any public wrong or crime
  2. a nonindictable crime punishable on summary conviction
annoyance, displeasure, or resentment
give offence, give offence to someone, to cause annoyance or displeasure to someone
take offence, to feel injured, humiliated, or offended
a source of annoyance, displeasure, or anger
attack; assault
(archaic) injury or harm
(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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for offence

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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