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offence

noun
     
Related topics: Military, Crime
of‧fence W3 British English ; offense American English
1 [countable]SCC an illegal action or a crimeCOLLOCATIONS COLLOCATIONS
criminal offence serious/minor offence first offence (=the first illegal thing that someone has done) commit an offence capital offence (=a crime for which death is the punishment) federal offense American English (=a very serious offence against the law of the US, rather than against state law) driving/parking etc offence it is an offence to do something make something an offence/make it an offence to do something a punishable offence an offence punishable by/with something
The possession of stolen property is a criminal offence.
Punishment for a first offence is a fine.
His solicitor said he committed the offence because he was heavily in debt.
The bill makes it an offence to carry a knife.
offence against
sexual offences against children
2 [uncountable] when you offend or upset someone by something you do or say
cause/give offence
The problem was how to say 'no' to her without causing offence.
Don't be upset by what he said; he meant no offence (=did not intend to offend anyone).
3

no offence

spoken used to tell someone that you hope that what you are going to say or do will not offend them:
No offense, but this cheese tastes like rubber.
4

take offence (at something)

to feel offended because of something someone says or does:
I think he took offence at my lack of enthusiasm.
5 [uncountable] formalPM the act of attacking:
the weapon of offence used during the attack

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