(BrE) (AmE offense) noun
1 illegal act
grave, heinous, major, serious
lesser, minor, petty, trivial
federal (AmE), statutory (BrE)
arrestable (BrE), bookable (in football/soccer) (BrE), capital, firing (AmE), impeachable (AmE), imprisonable (BrE), indictable (BrE), punishable, sackable (BrE)

The offence is punishable by up to three months' imprisonment.

criminal, disciplinary (BrE)
driving (BrE), political, sex, sexual, terrorist

Motorists may be fined on the spot for driving offences such as speeding.

felony (AmE)
non-violent (esp. AmE), violent
drug, drug-related
be, constitute
offence against

offences against public decency

2 hurt feelings
cause, give
offence at

He takes offence at the slightest joke against him.

offence to

I didn't mean to give offence to anyone.

no offence, no offence intended, no offence meant

No offence intended, but are you sure your calculations are right?

3 (AmE) attacking players; attacking play

the ability to disrupt opposing offences


The move didn't spark the offence as hoped.


competent passers who can initiate the offence


their ability to disrupt the offence

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