Definitions for: 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"



Webster (1913) Definition: 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.

Synonyms: 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

Antonyms: defensive, euphemistic, inoffensive, savory, savoury, unoffending

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

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