1. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words.
2. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive sounds. “Offensive to the stomach.”
3. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; -- opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons.
League offensive and defensive, a leaque that requires all the parties to it to make war together against any foe, and to defend one another if attacked.
Syn: -- Displeasing; disagreeable; distasteful; obnoxious; abhorrent; disgusting; impertinent; rude; saucy; reproachful; opprobrious; insulting; insolent; abusive; scurrilous; assailant; attacking; invading.
-- Of*fen*sive*ly, adv. -- Of*fen*sive*ness, n.
adv 1: in an unpleasantly offensive manner; "he smelled offensively
unwashed" [ant: inoffensively]
2: in an obnoxious manner; "he said so in one of his more
offensively intellectually arrogant sentences" [syn: objectionably,
3: in an aggressive manner; "`In this crisis, we must act
offensively,' the President said"; "the admiral intends to
act offensively in the Mediterranean" [ant: defensively]