“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.
"I declare you guilty of the offence as charged, and sentence you—" and so on, and so on.
Then, since you wish it, I must charge myself with the offence.
I hope none of my young friends will think this even palliated his offence.
Technically his offence was punishable by death—the old Chinese code being most stringent in such matters.
One of the men, who had been fined for some offence, began begging Markelov to let him off.
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.