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    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • UK Pronunciation
    • UK IPA
    • [uh-fens, aw-fens, of-ens]
    • /əˈfɛns, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns/
    • /əˈfens/
    • US Pronunciation
    • US IPA
    • [uh-fens, aw-fens, of-ens]
    • /əˈfɛns, ˈɔ fɛns, ˈɒf ɛns/

Definitions of offence word

  • noun offence a violation or breaking of a social or moral rule; transgression; sin. 1
  • noun offence a transgression of the law; misdemeanor. 1
  • noun offence a cause of transgression or wrong. 1
  • noun offence something that offends or displeases. 1
  • noun offence the act of offending or displeasing. 1
  • noun offence the feeling of resentful displeasure caused: to give offense. 1

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Origin of offence

First appearance:

before 1325
One of the 16% oldest English words
1325-75; Middle English offence, offense; in part < Middle French offens < Latin offēnsus collision, knock, equivalent to offend(ere) (see offend) + -tus suffix of v. action; in part < Middle French offense ≪ Latin offēnsa, feminine past participle of offendere

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Parts of speech for Offence


offence popularity

A common word. It’s meaning is known to most children of preschool age. About 82% of English native speakers know the meaning and use the word.
This word is included in each student's vocabulary. Most likely there is at least one movie with this word in the title.

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Synonyms for offence

noun offence

  • wrong — not in accordance with what is morally right or good: a wrong deed.
  • dishonour — lack or loss of honor; disgraceful or dishonest character or conduct.

Antonyms for offence

noun offence

  • defence — Defence is action that is taken to protect someone or something against attack.

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