Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

English definition of “offence”

See all translations

offence

noun UK ( US offense)
 
/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)
What is the pronunciation of offence?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website

Definitions of “offence” in other dictionaries

Word of the Day

baby

a very young child, especially one that has not yet begun to walk or talk

Word of the Day

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

by Kate Woodford,
March 25, 2015
​​​ This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both. Starting with verbs for walking slowly,

Read More 

stackin’ p

March 30, 2015
idiom slang earning a lot of money ‘That’s a very generous present.”Yeah, well, she’s stackin’ p, innit?’

Read More