offence

  • 1 offence — of‧fence [əˈfens] , offense noun 1. [countable] LAW an illegal action or a crime: • The company was not aware that it was committing an offence. • It is an offence to sell alco …

    Financial and business terms

  • 2 offence — BrE usually offense AmE noun 1 (C) an illegal action or a crime: Driving while drunk is a serious offence. | a parking offense (+ against): sexual offences against children | commit an offence (=do something that is an offence) | first offence… …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 3 offence — var of offense Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996. offence …

    Law dictionary

  • 4 Offence — Of*fence , n. See {Offense}. [1913 Webster] …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 5 offence — (n.) see OFFENSE (Cf. offense) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 6 offence — (Brit.) of·fence || É™ fens n. attack; (Sports) side that pursues (rather than defends); misdeed; insult; state of being offended; transgression (also offense) …

    English contemporary dictionary

  • 7 offence — This is spelt ence in BrE, and offense in AmE …

    Modern English usage

  • 8 offence — (US offense) ► NOUN 1) an illegal act; a breach of a law or rule. 2) resentment or hurt. 3) the action of making a military attack. 4) N. Amer. the attacking team in a sport …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 offence — [ə fens′] n. Brit. sp. of OFFENSE …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 offence — of|fence W3 BrE offense AmE [əˈfens] n 1.) an illegal action or a crime ▪ 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 …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 11 offence */*/*/ — UK [əˈfens] / US noun Word forms offence : singular offence plural offences 1) [countable] a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment motoring/firearms/public order offences criminal offence: Killing these animals is a criminal… …

    English dictionary

  • 12 offence — (BrE) (AmE offense) noun 1 illegal act ADJECTIVE ▪ grave, heinous, major, serious ▪ lesser, minor, petty, trivial …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 13 offence — [[t]əfe̱ns[/t]] ♦♦♦ offences (The spelling offense is used in American English. The pronunciation [[t]ɔ͟ːfens[/t]] is used for meaning 3.) 1) N COUNT An offence is a crime that breaks a particular law and requires a particular punishment.… …

    English dictionary

  • 14 offence — n. infraction 1) to commit an offence 2) a minor, petty, trivial; serious offence 3) a capital; impeachable; indictable offence 4) an offence against feeling of outrage 5) to take offence at (she takes offence at every remark) insult (formal) 6)… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 15 offence — 01. Shoplifting is a serious [offence], and will be punished. 02. The smell of perfume can be quite [offensive] to people with allergies. 03. Because it was his first [offence], he was let off with a warning. 04. In some countries, selling… …

    Grammatical examples in English

  • 16 offence*/*/ — [əˈfens] noun 1) [C] a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment motoring/firearms/public order offences[/ex] The usual fine is £15 to £100 for a first offence.[/ex] Killing these animals is a criminal offence.[/ex] minor offences …

    Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • 17 Offence —    1) An injury or wrong done to one (1 Sam. 25:31; Rom. 5:15).    2) A stumbling block or cause of temptation (Isa. 8:14; Matt. 16:23; 18:7). Greek skandalon, properly that at which one stumbles or takes offence. The offence of the cross (Gal. 5 …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 18 offence — /əˈfɛns / (say uh fens) noun 1. a transgression; a wrong; a sin. 2. any crime. 3. a crime which is not indictable, but is punishable summarily (summary offence). 4. a cause of transgression or wrong. 5. something that offends. 6. the act of… …

    Australian English dictionary

  • 19 offence — n. (US offense) 1 an illegal act; a transgression or misdemeanour. 2 a wounding of the feelings; resentment or umbrage (no offence was meant). 3 the act of attacking or taking the offensive; aggressive action. Phrases and idioms: give offence… …

    Useful english dictionary

  • 20 offence — noun 1) he has committed an offence Syn: crime, illegal act, misdemeanour, breach of the law, felony, infringement, violation, wrongdoing, sin 2) I do not want to cause offence Syn: annoyance …

    Synonyms and antonyms dictionary


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