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offencenoun

(US offense) uk   /əˈfens/  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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(Definition of offence from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"offence" in Business English

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offencenoun

UK ( US offense) uk   /əˈfens/
[C] LAW an illegal act or crime: It is a criminal offence to mislead customers about the price of an item. a serious/major/minor offencebe/become an offence It became an offence for British citizens to offer bribes for business contracts anywhere in the world.commit an offence In practising as a solicitor without being duly qualified, he committed an offence.be accused of/found guilty of/convicted of an offence She was convicted of drug offences.
[U] feelings of being upset and angry, often because someone has been rude: This advertisement may cause offence in some markets. She took offence at the way the assistant spoke to her.
a sackable/sacking offence UK ( US a firing offense)
HR a wrong action that you can lose your job for: Drinking alcohol while on duty is a sackable offence.
(Definition of offence from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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