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"

GCIDE

  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.]

Wiktionary

  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?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say offence in sign language?

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Numerology

  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. Edsger W. Dijkstra:

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

  2. Georges Clémenceau:

    On September 17, 1914, Erzberger, the well-known German statesman, an eminent member of the Catholic Party, wrote to the Minister of War, General von Falkenhayn, We must not worry about committing an offence against the rights of nations nor about violating the laws of humanity. Such feelings today are of secondary importance? A month later, on October 21, 1914, he wrote in Der Tag, If a way was found of entirely wiping out the whole of London it would be more humane to employ it than to allow the blood of A SINGLE GERMAN SOLDIER to be shed on the battlefield!

  3. William Shakespeare:

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

  4. Communications Salleh Said Keruak:

    It is an offence ... to upload any comment, request, suggestion or other communication which is obscene, indecent, false, menacing or offensive in character with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass another person.

  5. 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.

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