- a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin.
- a transgression of the law; misdemeanor.
- a cause of transgression or wrong.
- something that offends or displeases.
- the act of offending or displeasing.
- the feeling of resentful displeasure caused: to give offense.
- the act of attacking; attack or assault: weapons of offense.
- a person, army, etc., that is attacking.
- the players or team unit responsible for attacking or scoring in a game.
- the players possessing or controlling the ball, puck, etc., or the aspects or period of a game when this obtains.
- a pattern or style of scoring attack: single-wing offense; fast-break offense.
- offensive effectiveness; ability to score: a total breakdown in offense.
- Archaic. injury, harm, or hurt.
Origin of offense
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Examples from the Web for offence
“We never meant to be offensive, but we apologize if any offence was caused,” they told the Sun.British Co-Eds Dress as 9/11 in a Costume Contest—and Win
November 6, 2013
Is it really an offence against democracy for a government to enforce its own commitments upon its own MPs?Stephen Harper is Respecting Voter Wishes by Not Reopening the Abortion Debate
April 6, 2013
It is the first offence of which Mr Taylor has ever been accused.Harry's Day in Court Over Stolen Mobile Moves Closer
February 29, 2012
Yes; but one who could behave like that would be only too likely to give other grounds of offence.Weighed and Wanting
I appear to have given you offence also with my clumsy tongue.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
The offence of straggling is generally considered not serious.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
Some have supposed that the punishment was disproportioned to the offence.
The precise occasion of this offence cannot, and need not, be ascertained.
- a violation or breach of a law, custom, rule, etc
- any public wrong or crime
- a nonindictable crime punishable on summary conviction
- annoyance, displeasure, or resentment
- give offence or 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
- the offense (ˈɒfɛns) American football
- the team that has possession of the ball
- the members of a team that play in such circumstances
Word Origin and History for 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.