What does offence mean?

Definitions for offence

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. offense, offence, offensivenoun

    the action of attacking an enemy

  2. offense, offencenoun

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

  3. umbrage, offense, offencenoun

    a feeling of anger caused by being offended

    "he took offence at my question"

  4. discourtesy, offense, offence, offensive activitynoun

    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-breakingnoun

    (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

    "a long record of crimes"


  1. Offencenoun

    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. Offencenoun

    (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.


  1. offencenoun

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

  2. offencenoun

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

  3. offencenoun

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

  4. offencenoun

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

  5. Etymology: From offensa

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OFFENCEnoun

    Etymology: offense, Fr. offensa, from offendo, Lat.

    Thither with speed their hasty course they ply’d,
    Where Christ the Lord for our offences dy’d. Edward Fairfax.

    Thou hast stol’n that, which after some few hours
    Were thine without offence. William Shakespeare, Henry IV.

    If, by the law of nature, every man hath not a power to punish offences against it, I see not how the magistrates of any community can punish an alien of another country. John Locke.

    I have given my opinion against the authority of two great men, but I hope without offence to their memories; for I loved them living, and reverence them dead. Dryden.

    Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed. 2 Cor. vi. 3.

    He remembered the injury of the children of Bean, who had been a snare and an offence unto the people. 1 Mac. iv.

    The pleasures of the touch are greater than those of the other senses; as in warming upon cold, or refrigeration upon heat: for as the pains of the touch are greater than the offences of other senses, so likewise are the pleasures. Francis Bacon.

    Earnest in every present humour, and making himself brave in his liking, he was content to give them just cause of offence when they had power to make just revenge. Philip Sidney.

    Courtesy that seemed incorporated in his heart, would not be persuaded to offer any offence, but only to stand upon the best defensive guard. Philip Sidney.

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  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

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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. The Talmud:

    Whosoever does not persecute them that persecute him; whosoever takes an offence in silence; he who does good because of love; he who is cheerful under his sufferings -- these are the friends of God, and of them the Scripture says: "They shall shine forth like the sun at noontide."

  2. Roger Federer:

    He was super clean, defence, offence, serving well. Didn't give me anything. He was everywhere. So it was tough for me, but excellent match by him. I was impressed.

  3. Edsger W. Dijkstra:

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

  4. Dustin Johnson:

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

  5. Novak Djokovic:

    I think Gasquet's backhand (is one of the) best one?handed backhands in the world, that's his weapon. He has a variety. He can play really well from defence and offence. I think he's also very skilled on the net. He improved his serve. He's an all?around player.

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    an event in which one thing is substituted for another
    • A. disguise
    • B. trigger
    • C. rapture
    • D. permutation

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