Offensive meaning

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Of or for attack.
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Causing resentment, anger, etc.; insulting.
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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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Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred.

Some feminists find pornography offensive.

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

An offensive rush.

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A physical or military attack or assault.

Led a massive military offensive.

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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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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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An attitude or position of attack.

Go on the offensive in chess.

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Origin of offensive

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