What does offensive mean?

Definitions for offensiveəˈfɛn sɪv or, for 4,5 , ˈɔ fɛn-, ˈɒf ɛn-

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word offensive.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. offense, offence, offensive(adj)

    the action of attacking an enemy

  2. offensive, violative(adj)

    violating or tending to violate or offend against

    "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"

  3. offensive(adj)

    for the purpose of attack rather than defense

    "offensive weapons"

  4. offensive(adj)

    causing anger or annoyance

    "offensive remarks"

  5. unsavory, unsavoury, offensive(adj)

    morally offensive

    "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"

  6. offensive(adj)

    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

    "offensive odors"

  7. dysphemistic, offensive(adj)

    substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one

    "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"

  8. nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vile(adj)

    causing or able to cause nausea

    "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"

Wiktionary

  1. offensive(Noun)

    An attack.

    The Marines today launched a major offensive.

  2. offensive(Noun)

    The posture of attacking or being able to attack.

    He took the offensive in the press, accusing his opponent of corruption.

  3. offensive(Adjective)

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

    Some feminists find pornography offensive.

  4. offensive(Adjective)

    Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.

    The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.

  5. offensive(Adjective)

    Having to do with play directed at scoring.

    The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.

  6. Origin: From offensif, from as if *, from offendere, past participle offensus; see offend.

Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of offensive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of offensive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Josephine Tey:

    Lack of education is an extraordinary handicap when one is being offensive.

  2. Homer:

    It is equally offensive to speed a guest who would like to stay and to detain one who is anxious to leave.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    A sense of duty is useful in work, but offensive in personal relations. People wish to be liked, not be endured with patient resignation.

  4. Lois McGinnis:

    She said our ad did not run because it contained an offensive word, i asked what that offensive word was and she said the offensive word was ‘Christian.’.

  5. Hulk Hogan:

    Eight years ago I used offensive language during a conversation, it was unacceptable for me to have used that offensive language ; there is no excuse for it ; and I apologize for having done it.

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Translations for offensive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • هجومArabic
  • абра́злівы, на́ступ, ата́каBelarusian
  • оскърбителен, обиденBulgarian
  • ofensiu, ofensivaCatalan, Valencian
  • ofenzíva, urážlivý, útokCzech
  • Offensive, beleidigend, offensivGerman
  • προσβλητικός, επιθετικόςGreek
  • ofensiva, ofensivoSpanish
  • hyökkäävä, offensiivi, hyökkäys-, hyökkäyskanta, pysyä hyökkäyskannalla, päällekäyvä, hyökkäysFinnish
  • offensant, offensive, offensifFrench
  • oilbheumachScottish Gaelic
  • अपमानजनकHindi
  • offensiveIgbo
  • offensivo, offensivaItalian
  • 攻勢, 攻撃的, 気に障る, 攻撃, 攻撃側Japanese
  • 공세Korean
  • mataharehare, koeo, pūraurau, weriweri, hākikiMāori
  • beledigend, offensief, aanvallend, klaar om aan te vallen, weerzinwekkend, aanval, inval, walgelijkDutch
  • ofensywa, atak, obraźliwyPolish
  • ofensivo, ofensivaPortuguese
  • ofensant, atac, ofensantă, ofensivăRomanian
  • обидный, ата́ка, оскорбительный, наступле́ние, наступательныйRussian
  • ofanziva, офанзиваSerbo-Croatian
  • offensiv, stötande, anstötligSwedish
  • на́ступ, обра́зливий, ата́каUkrainian

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