Definition of Offensive

1. Noun. The action of attacking an enemy.

Exact synonyms: Offence, Offense
Generic synonyms: Military Operation, Operation
Specialized synonyms: Counteroffensive, Dirty War, Push Back, Rollback

2. Adjective. Violating or tending to violate or offend against. "Considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
Exact synonyms: Violative
Similar to: Offending
Derivative terms: Offend, Offensiveness, Violate, Violate, Violate

3. Adjective. For the purpose of attack rather than defense. "Offensive weapons"

4. Adjective. Causing anger or annoyance. "Offensive remarks"

5. Adjective. Morally offensive. "An unsavory scandal"
Exact synonyms: Unsavory, Unsavoury
Similar to: Odoriferous
Derivative terms: Offend, Offend, Offensiveness, Unsavoriness
Antonyms: Savory

6. Adjective. Unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses. "Offensive odors"

7. Adjective. Substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one. "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"
Exact synonyms: Dysphemistic
Derivative terms: Dysphemism, Offend, Offend, Offensiveness
Antonyms: Euphemistic

8. Adjective. Causing or able to cause nausea. "A sickening stench"

Definition of Offensive

1. a. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words.

2. n. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; -- opposed to defensive.

Definition of Offensive

1. Adjective. Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred ¹

2. Adjective. Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive. ¹

3. Adjective. (context: team sports) Having to do with play directed at scoring. ¹

4. Noun. (countable military) An attack. ¹

5. Noun. The posture of attacking or being able to attack. ¹

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Definition of Offensive

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Medical Definition of Offensive

1. 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. Synonym: Displeasing, disagreeable, distasteful, obnoxious, abhorrent, disgusting, impertinent, rude, saucy, reproachful, opprobrious, insulting, insolent, abusive, scurrilous, assailant, attacking, invading. Offen"sively, Offen"siveness. Origin: Cf.F. Offensif. See Offend. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

Lexicographical Neighbors of Offensive

offensive (current term)
offensive activity
offensive back
offensive backs
offensive foul
offensive fouls
offensive line
offensive line of scrimmage
offensive lines
offensive tackle
offensive zone
offensive zones

Literary usage of Offensive

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. On War by Carl von Clausewitz, James John Graham, Frederic Natusch Maude (1908)
"CHAPTER VII THE offensive BATTLE WHAT we have said about the defensive battle throws a strong light upon the offensive also. We there had in view that class ..."

2. Sea Power in Its Relations to the War of 1812 by Alfred Thayer MAHAN (1905)
"It will be seen, with particular reference to the latter, that the character of the front of operations prescribed the offensive in great and concentrated ..."

3. Readers' Guide to Periodical Literature by Anna Lorraine Guthrie, Marion A. Knight, H.W. Wilson Company, Estella E. Painter (1920)
"New Statesman 8:484-5 F 24 47 offensive or defensive? Stuart-Stephens. English К 24:375-7 Ар '17 ... Spec 120:390-1 Ap 13 48 Lessons of the great offensive. ..."

4. The Lancet (1842)
"It readily decomposes, then becomes additionally offensive, ... It is not always offensive under such circumstances, and is generally alkaline. ..."

5. The Great War by George Henry Allen, Henry C. Whitehead, French Ensor Chadwick (1919)
"CHAPTER I TENTATIVE offensive EFFORTS OF THE WESTERN ALLIES General character of the campaign of. Probable numerical strength of the chief combatants at the ..."

6. The Law of Nations: Or, Principles of the Law of Nature, Applied to the by Emer de Vattel, Joseph Chitty (1883)
"He who is foremost in taking up arms, and attacks a >ire and of- nation that lived in peace with him, wages offensive war. fc-nsive war. ..."

7. History of the World War by Frank Herbert Simonds (1919)
"THE RUSSIAN offensive SLOWS DOWN We have now briefly to summarize the further phases of the Russian offensive, to narrate how it gradually lost power and ..."

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