offense, offence, offensive(noun)
the action of attacking an enemy
the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
umbrage, offense, offence(noun)
a feeling of anger caused by being offended
"he took offence at my question"
discourtesy, offense, offence, offensive activity(noun)
a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
crime, offense, criminal offense, criminal offence, offence, law-breaking(noun)
(criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
"a long record of crimes"
In any contest, the act or process of attacking as contrasted with the act of defending; the offensive; as, to go on the offense.
(Sports) The members of a team who have the primary responsibility to score goals, in contrast to those who have the responsibility to defend, i.e. to prevent the opposing team from scoring goal.
Origin: [F., fr. L. offensa. See Offend.]
The act of offending; a crime or sin; an affront or injury.
The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.
A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defence.
The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defence.
Origin: From offensa
British National Corpus
Spoken Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'offence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2708
Written Corpus Frequency
Rank popularity for the word 'offence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4654
Rank popularity for the word 'offence' in Nouns Frequency: #763
The numerical value of offence in Chaldean Numerology is: 5
The numerical value of offence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
The teaching of BASIC should be rated as a criminal offence: it mutilates the mind beyond recovery.
O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't, A brother's murder.
Reprimand not a child immediately on the offence. Wait till the irritation has been replaced by serenity.
I’m devastated to have caused offence by using this outmoded terminology, i offer my sincere apologies. I make no excuse for my being an idiot and know the damage is done.
China has one rule that it's particularly strict on - the captain must be the last one to leave the ship, if the leader of the ship is not the last to leave the ship, it is a jailable offence.
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