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offence noun definition in Types of crime topic from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

offence

 noun: Types of crime topic
[countable] offence (against somebody/something) an illegal act a criminal/serious/minor/sexual, etc. offence a first offence (= the first time that somebody has been found guilty of a crime) a capital offence (= one for which somebody may be punished by death) He was not aware that he had committed an offence. an offence against society/humanity/the state New legislation makes it an offence to carry guns.

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