offence

[ uh-fens, aw-fens, of-ens ]
/ əˈfɛns, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns /

noun

Definition for offence (2 of 2)

offense

or of·fence

[ uh-fens or for 7–9, aw-fens, of-ens ]
/ əˈfɛns or for 7–9, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns /

noun

Origin of offense

1325–75; Middle English offence, offense; in part < Middle French offens < Latin offēnsus collision, knock, equivalent to offend(ere) (see offend) + -tus suffix of v. action; in part < Middle French offenseLatin offēnsa, feminine past participle of offendere

SYNONYMS FOR offense

8 besiegers, attackers, enemy, foe.

ANTONYMS FOR offense

OTHER WORDS FROM offense

self-of·fense, noun

synonym study for offense

1, 2. See crime.
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British Dictionary definitions for offence

offence

US offense

/ (əˈfɛns) /

noun

Derived forms of offence

offenceless or US offenseless, adjective
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Idioms and Phrases with offence

offense

see no offense; take offense.

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