Offensive

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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 ...
  • Offensive (military): An offensive is a military operation that seeks through aggressive projection of armed force to occupy territory, gain an objective or ...
  • 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 ...
  • Meuse-Argonne Offensive: The Meuse-Argonne Offensive, also known as the Maas-Argonne Offensive and the Battle of the Argonne Forest, was a part of the final Allied ...
  • 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 ...

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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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