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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
of•fen•sive /əˈfɛnsɪv or, ˈɔfɛn-, ˈɑfɛn-/USA pronunciation   adj. 
  1. causing resentful displeasure;
    highly irritating or annoying:His remarks were highly offensive.
  2. unpleasant or disagreeable to the senses; disgusting:offensive odors.
  3. disgusting to one's moral sense or to good taste;
    repulsive:offensive language.
  4. [usually: before a noun] of or relating to offense or attack, as in war or games, etc.:a good offensive strategy.

n. 
  • [uncountable; usually: the + ~] the position or strategy of attacking:to take the offensive;
    The army went on the offensive.
  • [countable] an attacking movement or strategy;
    attack:launching an offensive against the enemy lines.
  • See -fend-.
    WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
    of•fen•sive  (ə fensiv or, for 4, 5, ôfen-, ofen-), 
    adj. 
    1. causing resentful displeasure;
      highly irritating, angering, or annoying:offensive television commercials.
    2. unpleasant or disagreeable to the sense:an offensive odor.
    3. repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting:an offensive remark;
      an offensive joke.
    4. pertaining to offense or attack:the offensive movements of their troops.
    5. characterized by attack; aggressive:offensive warfare.

    n. 
  • the position or attitude of aggression or attack:to take the offensive.
  • an aggressive movement or attack:a carefully planned naval offensive.
  • Etymology:
    • Medieval Latin offēnsīvus, equivalent. to Latin offēns(us) past participle of offendere (see offend) + -īvus -ive
    • 1540–50
    of•fensive•ly, adv. 
    of•fensive•ness, n. 
    1, 2 . pleasing.4 . defensive.

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    offensive /əˈfɛnsɪv/ adj
    1. unpleasant or disgusting, as to the senses
    2. causing anger or annoyance; insulting
    3. for the purpose of attack rather than defence
    n
    1. the offensivean attitude or position of aggression
    2. an assault, attack, or military initiative, esp a strategic one

    ofˈfensively adv ofˈfensiveness n



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