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noun (US offense) uk   us   /əˈfens/

offence noun (CRIME)

B2 [C] an illegal act; a crime: a serious/minor offence a criminal/drink-driving offence Driving without a licence is an offence. He committed several serious offences. It's the third time that he's been convicted of a drug offence.
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offence noun (UPSET FEELINGS)

B2 [U] upset and hurt or annoyed feelings, often because someone has been rude or shown no respect: I really didn't mean (to cause/give) any offence (= did not intend to upset anyone) - I was just stating my opinion. Do you think he took offence (= was upset) at what I said about his hair?informal If you don't mind, I'd rather go on my own - no offence (intended), but I think it would be better.
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 us /ˈɑː.fens/ [U] US the part of a game such as American football that involves trying to score points, or the players who try to score points
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