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offense

noun  /əˈfens/ us  

offense noun (BAD FEELINGS)

[U] the condition of having your feelings hurt esp. because someone has been rude or showed a lack of respect: Do you think he took offense (= was upset) at the joke about his age?

offense noun (CRIME)

[C] an illegal act; crime: He was charged with the offense of driving without a license.
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