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From: DICT.TW English-Chinese Dictionary 英漢字典


From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Of·fen·sive a.
 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.

From: WordNet (r) 2.0

      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]