• WordNet 3.6
    • n offence (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act "a long record of crimes"
    • n offence the action of attacking an enemy
    • n offence a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
    • n offence a feeling of anger caused by being offended "he took offence at my question"
    • n offence the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Offence A cause or occasion of stumbling or of sin. "Woe to that man by whom the offense cometh!"
    • Offence In any contest, the act or process of attacking as contrasted with the act of defending; the offensive; as, to go on the offense .
    • n Offence See Offense.
    • Offence The act of offending in any sense; esp., a crime or a sin, an affront or an injury. "Who was delivered for our offenses , and was raised again for our justification.""I have given my opinion against the authority of two great men, but I hope without offense to their memories."
    • Offence (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.
    • Offence The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure; as, to cause offense . "He was content to give them just cause of offense , when they had power to make just revenge."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n offence etc. See offense, etc.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Offence any cause of anger or displeasure: an injury: a crime: a sin: affront: assault
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  • Thomas Carlyle
    “No man lives without jostling and being jostled; in all ways he has to elbow himself through the world, giving and receiving offence.”
  • James Thomson
    James Thomson
    “I think a bishop who doesn't give offence to anyone is probably not a good bishop.”
  • Louis-Ferdinand Celine
    “Almost every desire a poor man has is a punishable offence.”
  • Alexander Pope
    “How shall I lose the sin, yet keep the sense, and love the offender, yet detest the offence?”
  • A. J. P. Taylor
    A. J. P. Taylor
    “Perfect soldier, perfect gentleman never gave offence to anyone not even the enemy.”
  • William Hazlitt
    “An honest man speaks the truth, though it may give offence; a vain man, in order that it may.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
F., fr. L. offensa,. See Offend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ob, against, fendĕre, to strike.


In literature:

They have murdered hundreds of women who had committed no offence whatever against their military rules.
"Raemaekers' Cartoons" by Louis Raemaekers
The almanac is a Government monopoly, and any infraction of its copyright is a penal offence.
"An Australian in China" by George Ernest Morrison
When Warham was told what offence he had given, he made light of the matter.
"The History of England in Three Volumes, Vol.I., Part C. From Henry VII. to Mary" by David Hume
The letters, again, when read with a due attention to dates, shows that Wycherley's proneness to take offence has at least been exaggerated.
"Alexander Pope" by Leslie Stephen
He has committed no offence; knows of no offence in others.
"The Yotsuya Kwaidan or O'Iwa Inari" by James S. De Benneville
What has been the offence, thus to inflict punishment.
"Bakemono Yashiki (The Haunted House)" by James S. De Benneville
The offence, if offence there were, was too small for so monstrous an outburst.
"Simon Dale" by Anthony Hope
Had I been guilty of any omitted duty or committed offence?
"Ernest Linwood" by Caroline Lee Hentz
The killing of a Sudra was an offence no more severe than that of killing certain animals.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India--Volume I (of IV)" by R.V. Russell
Mahomet naturally gave offence to the Koreish, Keepers of the Caabah, superintendents of the Idols.
"Sartor Resartus, and On Heroes, Hero-Worship, and the Heroic in History" by Thomas Carlyle

In poetry:

Sole stood her offence, she faltered;
Prayed her lord the youth to spare;
Prayed that in the orange garden
She might lie, and ceased her prayer.
"A Preaching From A Spanish Ballad" by George Meredith
Ah me! we doubt the shining skies,
Seen through our shadows of offence,
And drown with our poor childish cries
The cradle-hymn of kindly Providence.
"The Shadow And The Light" by John Greenleaf Whittier
Old Eve, by her offence and fatal crime,
Has thrown a powerful warning in thy way ;
That thou shou'd'st never dare at any time,
Satan, before th' Almighty, to obey.
"Stanza's Concerning Some Persons And Things, That Are Mentioned In The Holy Scriptures" by Rees Prichard
Christ is for sin the prop'rest recompence,
There can't a better be for man's offence,
A smaller recompence can't be allow'd,
(So vile is sin!) than the Beloved's blood.
"Christ Is All In All" by Rees Prichard
But now in hell, I know it to my cost,
That all they taught was, to a tittle, true,
And that the deathless soul, which I have lost,
Must in those flames my foul offences rue.
"The Complaint And The Advice Of Dives, To His Five Brethren (Part 1)" by Rees Prichard
All countreys have enough to serve their need:
If they seek fine things, thou dost make them run
For their offence; and then dost turn their speed
To be commerce and trade from sunne to sunne.
"Providence" by George Herbert

In news:

Officials hope resources prevent new offences.
Winnipeg Blue Bombers quarterback Joey Elliott sparked the offence, and the fans on Thursday night.
PR adviser Max Clifford has denied allegations of sexual offences after his arrest yesterday as part of The Metropolitan Police's Operation Yewtree investigation.
Lions clinch first place with Mike Reilly directing offence.
Singapore Amends Death Penalty Law to Exempt Some Offences.
Gary Glitter arrested over sex offences.
Victoria's Secret apologises for Native American headdress offence.
His alleged offence was posting a link to an infamous YouTube video that caused protests in the Islamic world that month.
Rams' offence getting healthier heading into 2nd half, just in time for 49ers.
Bobby Buckner, on probation for sex offences.
Veteran point guard, two-time NBA MVP to take reins of complex offence.
On Wednesday, police charged veteran BBC TV and radio presenter Stuart Hall with three counts of indecent assault involving girls as young as nine, relating to alleged offences from the 1970s and 80s.
Constable Scott Heron, 39, faces charges that include conspiracy to commit an indictable offence, smuggling and other violations of customs law.
The convict, who never served his term, was sentenced for a series of smuggling offences in southwestern Sweden in 2008.
Jaguars coach Mike Mularkey says 'everybody accountable' for sputtering offence.

In science:

Crossroads: We choose to represent here the most frequent traffic offence (in France).
Generating a 3D Simulation of a Car Accident from a Written Description in Natural Language: the CarSim System