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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
of•fen•sive /əˈfɛnsɪv or, for4,5, ˈɔfɛn-, ˈɑfɛn-/USA pronunciation
[uncountable; usually: the + ~] the position or strategy of attacking:to take the offensive;
- causing resentful displeasure;
highly irritating or annoying:His remarks were highly offensive.
- unpleasant or disagreeable to the senses; disgusting:offensive odors.
- disgusting to one's moral sense or to good taste;
- [usually: before a noun] of or relating to offense or attack, as in war or games, etc.:a good offensive strategy.
The army went on the offensive.
[countable] an attacking movement or strategy;
attack:launching an offensive against the enemy lines.See -fend-.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
offensive /əˈfɛnsɪv/ adj
- unpleasant or disgusting, as to the senses
- causing anger or annoyance; insulting
- for the purpose of attack rather than defence
ofˈfensively adv ofˈfensiveness n
- the offensive ⇒ an attitude or position of aggression
- an assault, attack, or military initiative, esp a strategic one
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