of·fen·sive /əˈfɛn(t)sɪv, ||ˈɑˌfɛn(t), ˈɔ-/
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.
Of·fen·sive n. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; -- opposed to defensive.
To take the offensive, To act on the offensive, To go on the offensive, to be the attacking party; to initiate hostilities.
adj 1: violating or tending to violate or offend against;
"violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered
such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
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]