“We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offence was caused,” they told the Sun.
It is the first offence of which Mr Taylor has ever been accused.
Is it really an offence against democracy for a government to enforce its own commitments upon its own MPs?
It is no offence, therefore, by God to speak of His justice and His rights.
Yes; but one who could behave like that would be only too likely to give other grounds of offence.
Then, since you wish it, I must charge myself with the offence.
I appear to have given you offence also with my clumsy tongue.
Technically his offence was punishable by death—the old Chinese code being most stringent in such matters.
The offence of straggling is generally considered not serious.
He had already been in the trenches held by both the French and British to study their methods of defence and offence.
late 14c., "hurt, harm, injury, pain," from Old French ofense "offense, insult, wrong" (13c.) and directly from Latin offensa "an offense, injury, affront, crime," literally "a striking against," noun use of fem. past participle of offendere (see offend). Meaning "action of attacking" and "feeling of being hurt" are both first recorded c.1400. Sense of "breach of the law, transgression" is first recorded late 14c. Sporting sense first recorded 1894.
(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.