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Offensive Meaning and Definition in Dictionary

Definitions from Wordnet 2.0

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

Definitions from Wiktionary

  • the action of attacking an enemy

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Wikipedia Meaning and Definition on 'Offensive'

  • Offensive: Offensive may refer to: Offensive, the former name of the Dutch political party Socialist Alternative Offensive (military), an attack Profanity, also
  • Offensive coordinator: The offensive coordinator is in charge of the team's offensive game plan, and typically calls offensive plays during the game, although some offensive-minded
  • 1997 Vavunathivu Offensive: The 1997 Vavunathivu Offensive was a military operation in which the Tamil Tigers captured Vavunathivu Army camp from the Sri Lankan Army. The Tamil Tigers
  • Oddusuddan offensive (1999): The Oddusuddan offensive was a military operation in which the Tamil Tigers captured Oddusuddan from the Sri Lankan Army. The Tamil Tigers are believed
  • Northern Raqqa offensive (May 2016): The Northern Raqqa offensive (May 2016) was a military offensive launched by the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces against the Islamic State of Iraq
  • Jassy–Kishinev Offensive: This article is about the August 1944 offensive. For the earlier operation, see First Jassy–Kishinev Offensive. The Jassy–Kishinev Operation, named after
  • Ithriyah-Raqqah offensive (February–March 2016): The Ithriyah-Raqqah offensive (February–March 2016) was a military operation conducted by the Syrian Arab Army against ISIL, during the Syrian Civil War
  • Palmyra offensive (July–August 2015): following offensives aimed to capture this city, see Palmyra offensive (May 2015) and Palmyra offensive (March 2016). The Palmyra offensive of July–August

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'Offensive' example sentence in quotations

* 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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