What does Offensive mean?

Definitions for Offensive
əˈfɛn sɪv or, for 4,5 , ˈɔ fɛn-, ˈɒf ɛn-Offen·sive

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. offense, offence, offensiveadjective

    the action of attacking an enemy

  2. offensive, violativeadjective

    violating or tending to violate or offend against

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

  3. offensiveadjective

    for the purpose of attack rather than defense

    "offensive weapons"

  4. offensiveadjective

    causing anger or annoyance

    "offensive remarks"

  5. unsavory, unsavoury, offensiveadjective

    morally offensive

    "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"

  6. offensiveadjective

    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

    "offensive odors"

  7. dysphemistic, offensiveadjective

    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, vileadjective

    causing or able to cause nausea

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

Wiktionary

  1. offensivenoun

    An attack.

    The Marines today launched a major offensive.

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

  2. offensivenoun

    The posture of attacking or being able to attack.

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

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

  3. offensiveadjective

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

    Some feminists find pornography offensive.

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

  4. offensiveadjective

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

    The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.

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

  5. offensiveadjective

    Having to do with play directed at scoring.

    The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.

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

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. offensive

    Used in attack; assailant; opposed to defensive; as, an offensive weapon or engine. Making the first attack; assailant; invading: opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war.

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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

Examples of Offensive in a Sentence

  1. Jeff Jacoby:

    The First Amendment says nothing about a right not to be offended. The risk of finding someone else's speech offensive is the price each of us pays for our own free speech. Free people don't run to court, or to the principal, when they encounter a message they don't like. They answer it with one of their own.

  2. Mattia Toaldo:

    The two potential outcomes are either a new offensive on Tripoli to 'liberate' it from the GNC or the continued de facto partition of the country, with Haftar playing an ever growing role.

  3. Ian Wilson:

    The government is on the offensive against what they see as a potential locus of popular Islamist opposition, sharpened by the recent return of Rizieq, while having a sound legal foundation, the banning is clearly politically driven as well.

  4. Juniper Downs:

    We are taking a tougher stance on videos that may be offensive, but do not violate our policies.

  5. Kawhi Leonard:

    We’ll be all right, two of my turnovers were offensive fouls. That’s just being aggressive, physical. We can live with that.

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Translations for Offensive

From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • هجومArabic
  • абра́злівы, на́ступ, ата́каBelarusian
  • оскърбителен, обиденBulgarian
  • ofensiu, ofensivaCatalan, Valencian
  • ofenzíva, urážlivý, útokCzech
  • offensivDanish
  • 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
  • น่ารังเกียจThai
  • на́ступ, обра́зливий, ата́каUkrainian

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