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Webster 1913 Edition


Offence

Of-fence′

,
Noun.
See
Offense
.
{

Of-fense′

,

Of-fence′

}
,
Noun.
[F., fr. L.
offensa
. See
Offend
.]
1.
The act of offending in any sense; esp., a crime or a sin, an affront or an injury.
Who was delivered for our
offenses
, and was raised again for our justification.
Rom. iv. 25.
I have given my opinion against the authority of two great men, but I hope without
offense
to their memories.
Dryden.
2.
The state of being offended or displeased; anger; displeasure;
as, to cause
offense
.
He was content to give them just cause of
offense
, when they had power to make just revenge.
Sir P. Sidney.
3.
A cause or occasion of stumbling or of sin.
[Obs.]
Woe to that man by whom the
offense
cometh!
Matt. xviii. 7.
☞ This word, like expense, is often spelled with a c. It ought, however, to undergo the same change with expense, the reasons being the same, namely, that s must be used in offensive as in expensive, and is found in the Latin offensio, and the French offense.
To take offense
,
to feel, or assume to be, injured or affronted; to become angry or hostile.
Weapons of offense
,
those which are used in attack, in distinction from those of defense, which are used to repel.
Syn. – Displeasure; umbrage; resentment; misdeed; misdemeanor; trespass; transgression; delinquency; fault; sin; crime; affront; indignity; outrage; insult.

Definition 2022


offence

offence

English

Noun

offence (plural offences)

  1. British standard spelling of offense.

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