What does offence mean?

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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.

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. offensa. See Offend.]

  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.

    Etymology: [F., fr. L. offensa. See Offend.]


  1. offence(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From offensa

  2. offence(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From offensa

  3. offence(Noun)

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

    Etymology: From offensa

  4. offence(Noun)

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

    Etymology: 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

How to pronounce offence?

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  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

Examples of offence in a Sentence

  1. Benedict Cumberbatch:

    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.

  2. Judge Deborah Taylor:

    Whilst you may have had fears as to what may happen to you, nonetheless you had a choice, it is difficult to envisage a more serious example of this offence.

  3. Githu Muigai:

    Good defence leads to great offence

  4. Vice President Emmerson Mnangagwa:

    The Act should make it an offence for a guardian or other person to enter into a lobola agreement or other customary arrangement or ceremony in respect of a person under the age of 18.

  5. W. H. Auden:

    Accurate scholarship can unearth the whole offence from luther untill noe that has driven a culture mad. From what occured at linz what huge imago made a psychopathic god. i and the public know what all schoolchildren learn those to whom evil is done do evil in return.

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    relating to a technique that does not involve puncturing the skin or entering a body cavity
    • A. alternate
    • B. obnoxious
    • C. disjointed
    • D. noninvasive

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