n.犯罪,冒犯,违反,罪过,过错 n.[军] 攻击
an illegal action or a crime
The possession of stolen property is a criminal offence.
Punishment for a first offence is a fine.
His solicitor said he committed the offence because he was heavily in debt.
The bill makes it an offence to carry a knife.
sexual offences against children
when you offend or upset someone by something you do or say
The problem was how to say 'no' to her without causing offence.
Don't be upset by what he said; he meant no offence (=did not intend to offend anyone) .
spoken used to tell someone that you hope that what you are going to say or do will not offend them
No offense, but this cheese tastes like rubber.
take offence (at sth)
to feel offended because of something someone says or does
I think he took offence at my lack of enthusiasm.
the act of attacking
the weapon of offence used during the attack
COLLOCATES for sense 1
first offence (=the first illegal thing that someone has done)
commit an offence
capital offence (=a crime for which death is the punishment)
federal offenseAmerican English (=a very serious offence against the law of the US, rather than against state law)
driving/parking etc offence
it is an offence to do something
make something an offence/make it an offence to do something
a punishable offence
an offence punishable by/with something
1. But old Maggie was always so amiable and never really took offence. 可是老马吉总是笑呵呵的，从不计较。
2. His words gave offence to everbody present. 他的话使在场的人都十分反感。
3. Remembrance of the offence angered him all over again. 回想起那次冒犯他又怒火中烧。