Offence vs. Offense

Do you know their differences and similarities? Who knows, maybe these two are completely the same. Well, let's find out. C'mon.

"Offence" vs. "Offense" in English

What Is Their Main Difference?

Both are the same. They indicate insulting and abusing someone. However, 'offence' is the common spelling in British and other English-speaking countries except for the United States. 'Offense' is the common spelling among American speakers.


The only difference between these two is in their dictations. Look at the examples below:

Beating your wife and children is an offence.

Honey, not conforming to the abusive, toxic rules of this government is not offense.


Both refer to insulting and abusing someone/something. It can be a human being, another living creature, or a kind of law. Look at the following examples:

A : Hye, no offense buddy!

B : None taken.

In which country is killing an abusive rapist a criminal offence?

Are They Interchangeable?

Since these two are totally the same, most native speakers use them interchangeably, Compare:

✓ No offense cutie, but don't you understand that you've dressed like a clown?

✓ No offence cutie, but don't you understand that you've dressed like a clown?


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