Between offense and offence, which one is more correct spelling?

If both are correct, are there any differences in shades of meaning and/or usage?

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    Hello Bella. Please don't shout. // Have you looked in a dictionary or two? – Edwin Ashworth Aug 19 '15 at 11:51
  • Offence is a UK spelling, and offense is an American spelling. They refer to the same word, which is pronounced the same and used the same no matter how it's spelled. English spelling is not always consistent (to say the very least), and pairs like honor/honour and theater/theatre are not uncommon. – John Lawler Aug 19 '15 at 12:30

I found this same question asked 4 years ago. Hope this helps.

Is there any difference between "offense" and "offence"?

  • Jony, the correct course of action is to flag as a duplicate. – Andrew Leach Aug 19 '15 at 19:38
  • My bad. I couldn't find the option of flagging it as "duplicate" that time. I, however, have marked it as "in need of moderator intervention" instead. Is that alright? – Jony Agarwal Aug 20 '15 at 10:01
  • Yes, but there's no point now since it's been marked as a duplicate already. However, next time... :-) – Andrew Leach Aug 20 '15 at 10:05

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