Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English


English definition of “offence”


noun UK (US offense)     /əˈfens/
UPSET [U] B2 the feeling of being upset or angry by something rude someone says : to cause /give offence Many people take offence at swearing . I'm sure she meant no offence by her remarks .Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desireMaking people sad, shocked and upset
CRIME [C] B2 a crime : a criminal offence He committed several serious offences.Crime - general words
(Definition of offence noun from the Cambridge Learner's Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

More Learner's Dictionary definitions for “offence”

Definitions of “offence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day


the skill or activity of preparing and cooking food

Word of the Day


Read our blog about how the English language behaves.

Learn More

New Words

Find words and meanings that have just started to be used in English, and let us know what you think of them.

Learn More