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Offensive

Offensive Meaning & Definition
Offensive Definition And Meaning

What's The Definition Of Offensive?

[n] the action of attacking the enemy
[adj] of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"
[adj] unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"
[adj] morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"
[adj] causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks"
[adj] for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"
[adj] violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
[adj] causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"

Synonyms | Synonyms for Offensive: abhorrent | abusive | antipersonnel | assault(a) | assaultive | attack(a) | attacking(a) | charnel | creepy | detestable | disgustful | disgusting | distasteful | dysphemistic | foul | ghastly | ghoulish | hideous | hit-and-run | horrid | horrific | incursive | insulting | invading | invasive | loathly | loathsome | marauding | morbid | nauseating | nauseous | noisome | objectionable | obnoxious | obscene | odoriferous | offence | offending | offense | on the offensive(p) | opprobrious | outrageous | predatory | raiding | rank | repellant | repellent | repelling | repugnant | repulsive | revolting | scornful | scrimy | scurrilous | sepulchral | sickening | skanky | tip-and-run | unpleasant | unsavory | unsavoury | unwholesome | verminous | vile | violative | wicked | yucky

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See Also | aggressive | counteroffensive | disrespectful | evil | harmful | hateful | hostile | military operation | operation | push back | rollback | unpalatable

Offensive In Webster's Dictionary

\Of*fen"sive\, a. [Cf.F. offensif. See {Offend}.] 1. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words. 2. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive sounds. ``Offensive to the stomach.'' --Bacon. 3. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; -- opposed to {defensive}; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons. {League offensive and defensive}, a leaque that requires all the parties to it to make war together against any foe, and to defend one another if attacked. Syn: Displeasing; disagreeable; distasteful; obnoxious; abhorrent; disgusting; impertinent; rude; saucy; reproachful; opprobrious; insulting; insolent; abusive; scurrilous; assailant; attacking; invading. -- {Of*fen"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Of*fen"sive*ness}, n.
\Of*fen"sive\, n. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; -- opposed to {defensive}. {To act on the offensive}, to be the attacking party.

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