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UK [əˈfens] / US noun
Word forms "offence":
singular offence plural offences
1) [countable] a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment

motoring/firearms/public order offences

criminal offence:

Killing these animals is a criminal offence.

minor offence:

minor offences such as vandalism

commit an offence:

She had committed no offence under military law.

convict someone of an offence:

Walker was convicted of a similar offence in 1997.

first/second etc offence:

The usual fine is £15 to £100 for a first offence.

be charged with an offence:

Those arrested have been charged with public order offences.

Adjectives frequently used with offence
▪  arrestable, bookable, criminal, imprisonable, indictable, lesser, minor, punishable, serious, trivial
2) [uncountable] the feeling of being angry, upset, or insulted, caused by something that someone says or does
cause/give offence:

complaints about advertisements that cause offence

3) [countable] something that makes you feel angry and upset because it is insulting, unfair, or morally wrong
offence to:

a building that is an offence to good taste

4) [uncountable] formal the process of attacking someone or something

weapons of offence

take offence (at something) — to feel angry and upset because of something that someone has said or done

I'm not surprised she took offence at his remarks.

English dictionary. 2014.

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  • offence — BrE usually offense AmE noun 1 (C) an illegal action or a crime: Driving while drunk is a serious offence. | a parking offense (+ against): sexual offences against children | commit an offence (=do something that is an offence) | first offence… …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • offence — of‧fence [əˈfens] , offense noun 1. [countable] LAW an illegal action or a crime: • The company was not aware that it was committing an offence. • It is an offence to sell alco …   Financial and business terms

  • offence — var of offense Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. offence …   Law dictionary

  • Offence — Of*fence , n. See {Offense}. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offence — (n.) see OFFENSE (Cf. offense) …   Etymology dictionary

  • offence — (Brit.) of·fence || É™ fens n. attack; (Sports) side that pursues (rather than defends); misdeed; insult; state of being offended; transgression (also offense) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • offence — This is spelt ence in BrE, and offense in AmE …   Modern English usage

  • offence — (US offense) ► NOUN 1) an illegal act; a breach of a law or rule. 2) resentment or hurt. 3) the action of making a military attack. 4) N. Amer. the attacking team in a sport …   English terms dictionary

  • offence — [ə fens′] n. Brit. sp. of OFFENSE …   English World dictionary

  • offence — of|fence W3 BrE offense AmE [əˈfens] n 1.) an illegal action or a crime ▪ The possession of stolen property is a criminal offence. ▪ Punishment for a first offence is a fine. ▪ His solicitor said he committed the offence because he was heavily in …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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