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offensive

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

Simple Definition of offensive

  • : 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. 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. 2 :  giving painful or unpleasant sensations :  nauseous, obnoxious <an offensive odor>

  3. 3 :  causing displeasure or resentment <offensive remarks>

of·fen·sive·ly adverb
of·fen·sive·ness noun

Examples of offensive

  1. He made some offensive remarks.

  2. An offensive odor was coming from the basement.



Circa 1564

First Known Use of offensive

circa 1564


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offensive

noun of·fen·sive

Simple Definition of offensive

  • : a large military attack

Full Definition of offensive

  1. 1 :  the act of an attacking party

  2. 2 :  attack

Examples of offensive

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



1687

First Known Use of offensive

1687

Rhymes with offensive




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