What does offensive mean?

Definitions for offensive
əˈfɛn sɪv or, for 4,5 , ˈɔ fɛn-, ˈɒf ɛn-of·fen·sive

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.

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.

How to pronounce offensive?

  1. Alex
    Alex
    US English
    Daniel
    Daniel
    British
    Karen
    Karen
    Australian
    Veena
    Veena
    Indian

How to say offensive in sign language?

  1. offensive

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. Kirstjen Nielsen:

    I find that offensive.

  2. Marco Rubio:

    It's not just absurd, it's offensive.

  3. Hemin Hawrami:

    There will be no spring or summer (offensive).

  4. President Barack Obama:

    If I say anything offensive, it’s because of him.

  5. Chaya Nove:

    The translation is so ridiculous, it's almost offensive.

Images & Illustrations of offensive

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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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