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noun offense pronunciation in American English /əˈfens/ 
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  1. 1
    [countable] a crime or illegal activity for which there is a punishment

    a traffic/drug/sex offense

    first/second etc. offense:

    The usual fine is $15 to $100 for a first offense.

    minor offense:

    Four people were arrested on minor offenses.

    criminal offense:

    Killing these animals has been made a criminal offense.

    capital offense (=a crime for which someone can be killed):

    They argued that since the victim was an officer, the criminal should be charged with a capital offense.

    commit an offense:

    He has committed a very serious offense.

    charge someone with an offense:

    The new ruling only applies to suspects who have been charged with an offense.

    convict someone of an offense:

    Walker was convicted of a similar offense in 1987.

  2. 2
    [uncountable] something that you do or say which makes someone else angry or upset
    cause/give offense:

    commercials that cause offense

  3. 4
    [countable] something that makes you feel angry and upset because it is insulting, unfair, or morally wrong
    offense to:

    a performance that is an offense to good taste



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