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English noun: offence

1. offence (act) the action of attacking an enemy

Synonymsoffense, offensive

Broader (hypernym)military operation, operation

Narrower (hyponym)counteroffensive, dirty war, push back, rollback

2. offence (group) the team that has the ball (or puck) and is trying to score


Broader (hypernym)squad, team

Antonymsdefending team, defence, defense

3. offence (feeling) a feeling of anger caused by being offended

SamplesHe took offence at my question.

Synonymsoffense, umbrage

Broader (hypernym)anger, choler, ire

4. offence (act) a lack of politeness; a failure to show regard for others; wounding the feelings or others

Synonymsdiscourtesy, offense, offensive activity

Broader (hypernym)behavior, behaviour, conduct, doings

Narrower (hyponym)affront, derision, indelicacy, insolence, insult, presumption, rebuff, ridicule, slight

5. offence (act) (criminal law) an act punishable by law; usually considered an evil act

SamplesA long record of crimes.

Synonymscrime, criminal offence, criminal offense, law-breaking, offense

Broader (hypernym)evildoing, transgression

Narrower (hyponym)attack, attempt, barratry, capital offense, commission, committal, cybercrime, felony, forgery, fraud, Had crime, high treason, highjack, hijack, infraction, infringement, lese majesty, mayhem, misdemeanor, misdemeanour, perpetration, regulatory offence, regulatory offense, statutory offence, statutory offense, Tazir crime, thuggery, treason, vice crime, victimless crime, violation, war crime

Domain categorycriminal law

Domain category membersabduct, black market, black marketeer, blackmail, bootleg, bribe, buy, buy off, carjack, commandeer, corrupt, crib, extort, fob off, foist off, grease one's palms, highjack, hijack, hold up, impress, kick back, kidnap, lift, lift, loot, mug, nobble, palm off, pay off, pirate, pirate, plagiarise, plagiarize, plunder, push, pyramid, rake off, ransom, redeem, run, rustle, scalp, shanghai, shoplift, skyjack, smuggle, snatch, stick up, traffic

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