Offence vs. Offense | Difference & Example Sentences
Offence and offense are two different spellings of the same word, a noun used to refer to a crime or breach of rule, the state of being insulted, or a sports position intended to score on an opponent.
The spelling tends to vary based on whether you’re writing in UK or US English:
- In UK English, “offence” (with a “c”) is standard.
- In US English, “offense” (with an “s”) is more common.
Offensive (with an “s”) is an adjective used to describe something as “causing displeasure” or “intended for offence/offense.” It can also be used as a noun to refer to a military attack.
“Offensive” and the related adverb “offensively” are always spelled with an “s.” “Offencive” is never correct.
No offense or no offence
No offence/offense is a phrase used to indicate that you do not intend to insult someone. It means the same whether written with an “s” or a “c.”
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