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]
(team sports) having to do with play directed at scoring
- countable military
- The Marines today launched a major offensive.
- The posture of attacking or being able to attack.
- He took the offensive in the press, accusing his opponent of corruption.
ability to attack
- Feminine plural form of offensivo
Offensive may relate to:
- In sports, computer and video gaming, or combat; the team which is attacking, pitching or moving forward.
- In language or morals, terms and concepts which are unacceptable to some people, such as swearing and profanity.
- In fashion (etiquette), an unfashionable thought, emotion, action or other behaviour.
- Offensive (Netherlands), a Trotskyist political party.
- Offensive (military), is an aggressive and organized attack using military forces to gain ground, objective or secure larger strategic, operational or tactical goals
offensive in Dutch: Offensief
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