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Offensive Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    offensive adj
  1. violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity" [syn: violative]
  2. for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons" [ant: defensive]
  3. causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks" [ant: inoffensive]
  4. morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal" [syn: unsavory, unsavoury] [ant: savory]
  5. unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors" [ant: inoffensive]
  6. of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'" [syn: dysphemistic] [ant: euphemistic]
  7. causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench" [syn: nauseating, nauseous, noisome, loathsome, sickening, vile] n : the action of attacking an enemy [syn: offense, offence]
Offensive Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Offensive \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,
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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Offensive'

  • Offensive: Offensive may refer to: Offensive (Netherlands), a political party. Offensive (military), an attack. See also : Charm offensive
  • Offensive (military): An offensive is a military operation that seeks through aggressive projection of armed force to occupy territory, gain an objective or ...
  • Tet Offensive: The Tet Offensive was a military campaign during the Vietnam War that began on January 31, 1968. Regular and irregular forces of the ...
  • Offensive coordinator: An offensive coordinator is a member of the coaching staff of a gridiron football team who is in charge of the offense . Generally, along ...
  • Spring Offensive: The 1918 Spring Offensive or Kaiserschlacht (Kaiser's Battle), also known as the Ludendorff Offensive, was a series of German attacks along ...
  • Hundred Days Offensive: The Hundred Days Offensive was the final period of the First World War , during which the Allies launched a series of offensives against ...
  • Meuse-Argonne Offensive: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also called the Battle of the Argonne Forest, was a part of the final Allied offensive of World War I that ...

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'Offensive' in famous quotation sentence

* It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave. - Homer

* A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation. - Bertrand Russell

* It is one thing to decry the rat race...that is the good and honorable work of moralists. It is quite another thing to quit the rat race, to drop out, to refuse to run any further--that is the work of the individualist. It is offensive because it is impolite it makes the rebuke personal the individualist calls not his or her behavior into question, but mine. - Paul Gruchow

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