offense, offence, offensive(adj)
the action of attacking an enemy
violating or tending to violate or offend against
"violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
for the purpose of attack rather than defense
causing anger or annoyance
unsavory, unsavoury, offensive(adj)
"an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"
unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one
"`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"
nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vile(adj)
causing or able to cause nausea
"a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"
The Marines today launched a major offensive.
The posture of attacking or being able to attack.
He took the offensive in the press, accusing his opponent of corruption.
Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred
Some feminists find pornography offensive.
Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.
The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.
Having to do with play directed at scoring.
The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.
Origin: From offensif, from as if *, from offendere, past participle offensus; see offend.
Military Dictionary and Gazetteer
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.
The numerical value of offensive in Chaldean Numerology is: 3
The numerical value of offensive in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2
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- 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
- offensivo, offensivaItalian
- 攻勢, 攻撃的, 気に障る, 攻撃, 攻撃側Japanese
- 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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