- 1A breach of a law or rule; an illegal act: the new offence of obtaining property by deceptionMore example sentences
crime, illegal/unlawful act, misdemeanour, breach/violation/infraction of the law, felony, wrongdoing, wrong, act of misconduct, misdeed, delinquency, peccadillo, sin, transgression, infringement, act of dereliction, shortcoming, fault, lapse; Law malfeasance• archaic trespass• rare malefaction
- It held such crimes to be offences against the law of nations, much as was the traditional crime of piracy.
- It is also clear that the charge of assault against the second applicant is an offence under the criminal law as well as under the Prison Rules.
- It is the essence of offences against the person that what is done is done unlawfully.
- 1.1A thing that constitutes a violation of what is judged to be right or natural: the outcome is an offence to basic justiceMore example sentences
- The scorning of the tribes is an offense to the natural order in the minds of many there.
- So abusing the Quran is a hideous offense to Muslims more than the same abuse of a Bible would be to Christians.
- In those buried and bygone days, it was an affront and an offense to join with separatists to defeat a corrupt government.
- 2 [mass noun] Annoyance or resentment brought about by a perceived insult to or disregard for oneself: he made it clear he’d taken offence I didn’t intend to give offenceMore example sentences
annoyance, anger, resentment, indignation, irritation, exasperation, wrath, displeasure, disapproval, dislike, hard/bad/ill feelings, disgruntlement, animosity, pique, vexation, umbrage, antipathy, aversion, opposition, enmity• literary iretake something amiss, take umbrage, get/be/feel upset, get/be/feel annoyed, get/be/feel angry, be/feel indignant, be/feel put out, be/feel insulted, be/feel hurt, be/feel wounded, feel piqued, be/feel resentful, be/feel disgruntled, get/go into a huff, get huffy• informal be/feel miffed, have one's nose put out of joint, be/feel riledBritish • informal get the hump
- Paramilitary flags or slogans and monuments do give offence to visitors and to different sectors of society.
- ‘The argument then was that to allow this element would give offence to people of other faiths,’ wrote Torrance.
- Carolingian rule and culture were familiar in many ways; it was its flavour of high-handedness and moral urgency that might give offence to the inhabitants of Italy.
- 3 [mass noun] The action of attacking someone or something: [as modifier]: reductions in strategic offence arsenalsMore example sentences
- The doctor had skipped bail on sex offence charges and Melville nabbed him while on port watch for the Special Branch in Le Havre.
- On Tuesday a bench warrant was issued for his arrest at Limerick District Court when he failed to appear to face two public order offence charges.
- She said Seamus was known to police in Middleton and Rochdale and had been due to appear in court to face motor offence charges.
- 3.1 (offense) /ˈɒfɛns, ˈaː-/ North American The attacking team or players in a sport, especially in American football: he is a wide receiver, playing on offenseMore example sentences
- The rest of the players on offense had to adjust to the change in personality under center.
- Saban will miss quarterback Matt Mauck and the other playmakers on offense who graduated.
- That doesn't bode well for a team whose offense is predicated on running with George.
- • informal Do not be offended: OK, lady, no offence, just shooting my mouth off as usualMore example sentences
- He is, however - no offense, Mark - not the most charismatic guy around.
- Kat, no offense or anything, but how do you think this works?
- Well, no offense, but if that is the case, then I want my money back.
late Middle English: from Old French offens 'misdeed', from Latin offensus 'annoyance', reinforced by French offense, from Latin offensa 'a striking against, a hurt, or displeasure'; based on Latin offendere 'strike against'.