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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. 3
     offense pronunciation in American English /ˈɑˌfens/ [uncountable] the part of a game such as football that involves trying to score points
    They’re a team that has always been stronger on offense.
  4. 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
  5. 5
    [uncountable] formal the process of attacking someone or something
    weapons of offense



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