Offensive definition

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Causing resentment, anger, etc.; insulting.
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Offensive is an organized campaign or plan of action, normally created by the military or created to achieve some specific political aim or goal.

A military plan to attack is an example of a military offensive.

A plan to fight the war on drugs is an example of an offensive.

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(sports) Of or relating to a team having possession of a ball or puck.

An offensive rush.

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Of or for attack.
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The definition of offensive is something likely to invoke feelings of hurt, anger, disgust, disapproval or revulsion, or is something associated with an aggressive attack.

Calling someone an idiot is an example of a comment that would be described as offensive.

Making a plan to attack a country is an example of planning an offensive attack.

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Causing anger, displeasure, or resentment.

An offensive gesture.

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Disagreeable to the senses.

An offensive odor.

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Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred.

Some feminists find pornography offensive.

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Making a physical or military attack.

The offensive troops gained ground quickly.

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Of, relating to, or designed for attack.

Offensive weapons.

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Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.

The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.

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(team sports) Having to do with play directed at scoring.

The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.

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(countable, military) An attack.

The Marines today launched a major offensive.

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(uncountable) The posture of attacking or being able to attack.

He took the offensive in the press, accusing his opponent of corruption.

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Attacking; aggressive.
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Designating or of the side that is seeking to score in any contest.
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Unpleasant, as to the senses; disgusting; repugnant.

An offensive odor.

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Attitude or position of attack.
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An attack or hostile action, esp. by armed forces.
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An attitude or position of attack.

Go on the offensive in chess.

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A physical or military attack or assault.

Led a massive military offensive.

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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
offensive
Plural:
offensives

Origin of offensive

  • From French offensif, from Latin as if *offensivus, from offendere (“to offend”), past participle offensus; see offend.

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