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[uh-fen-siv or for 4, 5, aw-fen-, of-en-] /əˈfɛn sɪv or for 4, 5, ˈɔ fɛn-, ˈɒf ɛn-/

causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying:
offensive television commercials.
unpleasant or disagreeable to the sense:
an offensive odor.
repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting:
an offensive remark; an offensive joke.
pertaining to or attack:
the offensive movements of their troops.
characterized by attack; aggressive:
offensive warfare.
the position or attitude of aggression or attack:
to take the offensive.
an aggressive movement or attack:
a carefully planned naval offensive.
unpleasant or disgusting, as to the senses
causing anger or annoyance; insulting
for the purpose of attack rather than defence
the offensive, an attitude or position of aggression
an assault, attack, or military initiative, esp a strategic one

“attacking” (1540s), “insulting” (1570s), both from Middle French offensif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin offensivus, from Latin offens-, past participle stem of offendere “offend” (see offend). Related: Offensively; offensiveness.

“condition of attacking, aggressive action,” 1720, from offensive (adj.).


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