Synonyms of offence
offence or (US) offense
1 crimeDictionary • It is a criminal offence to sell goods which are unsafe.
crime • He has committed no crime and poses no danger to the public.
wrong • I intend to right the wrong done to you.
sin • Was it a sin to have believed too much in themselves?
fault • Hypocrisy is one fault of which he cannot be accused.
violation • This is a flagrant violation of state law.
wrongdoing • The authorities haven't found any evidence of criminal wrongdoing.
trespass • Forgive us our trespasses.
felony • He pleaded guilty to six felonies.
misdemeanour • She knew nothing about her husband's misdemeanours.
delinquency • He had no history of delinquency.
misdeed • the alleged financial misdeeds of his government
transgression • tales of the candidate's alleged past transgressions
peccadillo • extra-marital peccadilloes by public figures
breach of conduct
2 outrageDictionary • The book might be published without creating offence.
outrage • The decision has provoked outrage from human rights groups.
anger • He cried with anger and frustration.
trouble • You've caused a lot of trouble.
bother • Most men hate the bother of shaving.
resentment • Rigid policing can only feed resentment and undermine confidence.
irritation • For the first time he felt irritation at her methods.
hassle (informal) • I don't think it's worth the money or the hassle.
wrath • His action incurred the wrath of animal rights activists.
indignation • No wonder he could hardly contain his indignation.
annoyance • To her annoyance the stranger did not go away.
ire (literary) • Their ire was directed mainly at the two instigators.
displeasure • displeasure at the slow pace of change
pique • In a fit of pique, he threw down his bag.
aggravation (informal) • I just couldn't take the aggravation.
vexation • He kicked the broken machine in vexation.
3 insultDictionary • His behaviour was an offence to his hosts.
insult • Their behaviour was an insult to the people they represented.
injury • She was awarded £3,500 for injury to her feelings.
slight • a child weeping over an imagined slight
hurt • I am sorry for any hurt that it may have caused.
harm • a release of radioactivity which would cause harm
put-down (slang) • She was getting very sick of his put-downs.
injustice • I don't want to do an injustice to what I've recorded.
snub • He took it as a snub.
affront • She has taken my enquiry as a personal affront.
indignity • He suffered the indignity of having to face angry protesters.
slap in the face (informal)
IDIOM:▷ take offence
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affrontIf something is an affront to you, it is an obvious insult to you.
• She has taken my enquiry as a personal affront.
slap in the face (informal),
slap in the face (informal),
aggravation (informal)If someone or something aggravates you, they make you annoyed. (noun)
• I just couldn't take the aggravation.
angerAnger is the strong emotion that you feel when you think that someone has behaved in an unfair, cruel, or unacceptable way.
• He cried with anger and frustration.
Thesaurus for offence from the Collins English Thesaurus
a violation or breach of a law, custom, rule, etc
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