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Noun: offence  u'fen(t)s
Usage: Brit, Cdn (US: offense)
  1. A lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others
    - discourtesy, offense [US], offensive activity
     
  2. A feeling of anger caused by being offended
    "he took offence at my question";
    - umbrage, offense [US]
     
  3. (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act
    "a long record of offences";
    - crime, offense [US], criminal offense [US], criminal offence [Brit, Cdn], law-breaking
     
  4. The team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score
    - offense [US]
     
  5. The action of attacking an enemy
    - offense [US], offensive

Derived forms: offences

Type of: anger, behavior [US], behaviour [Brit, Cdn], choler, conduct, doings, evildoing, ire, military operation, op, operation, squad, team, transgression

Antonym: defence [Brit, Cdn]

Encyclopedia: Offence