Definition of offence
What does the word offence mean?
part of speech: noun
Stumbling-block, occasion of unbelief &c., (now rare); attacking, aggressive action, taking the offensive, (the most effective defence is o.); wounding of the feelings, wounded feeling, annoyance, umbrage, (no o. was meant; too quick to take o.; give o. to; cannot be done without o.); transgression, misdemeanour, illegal act, (esp. commit an o. against). Hence offenceless a. [Middle English]