World English Dictionary
offence or offense (əˈfɛns)
1.  a violation or breach of a law, custom, rule, etc
2.  a.  any public wrong or crime
 b.  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
 a.  the team that has possession of the ball
 b.  the members of a team that play in such circumstances
offense or offense (əˈfɛns, ˈɒfɛns)
of'fenceless or offense
of'fenseless or offense

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Bible Dictionary

Offence definition

(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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