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offence

noun uk (US offense)   /əˈfens/ us  

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.Crime - general words

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.Making people sad, shocked and upset
[U] US the part of a game such as American football that involves trying to score points, or the players who try to score pointsScoring, winning and losing in sportWinning and defeatingLosing and being defeatedCompetitors and participants in sports and gamesGeneral terms used in ball sportsAmerican footballGeneral terms used in ball sports
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