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offensenoun

 us   /əˈfens/
  • 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.

offensenoun [U]

 us   /ˈɔ·fens, ˈɑf·ens/
  • offense noun [U] (SCORING ABILITY)

(in sports) the ability to score points in a competition, or, esp. in football, the team that has the ball and is trying to score points
(Definition of offense from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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offensenoun

uk   us   /əˈfens/ US
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(Definition of offense from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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