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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2016
of•fen•sive /əˈfɛnsɪv or, for 4, 5, 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. of or relating to offense or attack, as in war or games, etc.[usually: before a noun]a good offensive strategy.

n. 
  1. the position or strategy of attacking[uncountable; usually: the + ~]to take the offensive;
    The army went on the offensive.
  2. an attacking movement or strategy;
    attack[countable]launching an offensive against the enemy lines.
See -fend-.
WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2016
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. 
  1. the position or attitude of aggression or attack:to take the offensive.
  2. 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 . displeasing, vexatious, vexing, unpleasant. See hateful.  2, 3 . distasteful, disgusting, revolting, repellent. 3 . repulsive, shocking. 4 . invading, attacking. 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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