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1offensive

adjective of·fen·sive \ə-ˈfen(t)-siv, especially for 1 ˈä-ˌfen(t)-, ˈ-\

: causing someone to feel hurt, angry, or upset : rude or insulting

: very unpleasant

sports : of or relating to the way that players try to score against an opponent in a game or contest

Full Definition of OFFENSIVE

1
a :  making attack :  aggressive
b :  of, relating to, or designed for attack <offensive weapons>
c :  of or relating to an attempt to score in a game or contest; also :  of or relating to a team in possession of the ball or puck
2
:  giving painful or unpleasant sensations :  nauseous, obnoxious <an offensive odor>
3
:  causing displeasure or resentment <offensive remarks>
of·fen·sive·ly adverb
of·fen·sive·ness noun
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Examples of OFFENSIVE

  1. He made some offensive remarks.
  2. An offensive odor was coming from the basement.

First Known Use of OFFENSIVE

circa 1564

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

2offensive

noun

: a large military attack

Full Definition of OFFENSIVE

1
:  the act of an attacking party
2
:  attack

Examples of OFFENSIVE

  1. <the primary offensive by the ground forces will commence at dawn tomorrow>

First Known Use of OFFENSIVE

1687

Other Military Terms

bivouac, logistics, petard, salient, sally, supernumerary, tactical

Rhymes with OFFENSIVE

OFFENSIVE Defined for Kids

1offensive

adjective of·fen·sive \ə-ˈfen-siv\

Definition of OFFENSIVE for Kids

1
:  causing displeasure or resentment <an offensive smell> <an offensive question>
2
:  of or relating to the attempt to score in a game or contest <the offensive team>
3
:  made for or relating to an attack <offensive weapons> <an offensive strategy>
of·fen·sive·ly adverb
of·fen·sive·ness noun

2offensive

noun

Definition of OFFENSIVE for Kids

:  2attack 1 <The enemy launched an offensive.>
on the offensive
:  in a situation that calls for opposing action <The soldiers are on the offensive.>

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