What does offence mean?

Definitions for offence

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word offence.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. offense, offence, offensive(noun)

    the action of attacking an enemy

  2. offense, offence(noun)

    the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score

  3. umbrage, offense, offence(noun)

    a feeling of anger caused by being offended

    "he took offence at my question"

  4. discourtesy, offense, offence, offensive activity(noun)

    a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

  5. 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"


  1. Offence(n.)

    In any contest, the act or process of attacking as contrasted with the act of defending; the offensive; as, to go on the offense.

  2. Offence(n.)

    (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.

  3. Origin: [F., fr. L. offensa. See Offend.]


  1. offence(Noun)

    The act of offending; a crime or sin; an affront or injury.

  2. offence(Noun)

    The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure.

  3. offence(Noun)

    A strategy and tactics employed when in position to score; contrasted with defence.

  4. offence(Noun)

    The portion of a team dedicated to scoring when in position to do so; contrasted with defence.

  5. Origin: From offensa

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'offence' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #2708

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'offence' in Written Corpus Frequency: #4654

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'offence' in Nouns Frequency: #763


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offence in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offence in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Dustin Johnson:

    No offence to the Olympics, but I'd rather be on the Ryder Cup team.

  2. President Francois Hollande:

    People have a right to protest but rioting is an offence that will be punished.

  3. President Francois Hollande:

    People have a right to protest, but rioting is an offence that will be punished.

  4. Edsger W. Dijkstra:

    The teaching of BASIC should be rated as a criminal offence: it mutilates the mind beyond recovery.

  5. William Shakespeare:

    O, my offence is rank, it smells to heaven It hath the primal eldest curse upon 't, A brother's murder.

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