- 1 /əˈfensiv/ Causing someone to feel deeply hurt, upset, or angry: the allegations made are deeply offensive to us offensive languageMore example sentences
- The film provoked controversy because of its use of offensive language, and was given an 18 rating by film censors.
- There will be people who find the above image highly offensive and insensitive.
- Officials have always been able to send off players who use offensive, abusive or insulting language, but now that definition's been extended to cover gestures too.
- 1.1(Of a sight or smell) disgusting; repulsive: an offensive odorMore example sentences
unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, distasteful, displeasing, objectionable, off-putting, awful, terrible, dreadful, frightful, obnoxious, abominable, disgusting, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, abhorrent, loathsome, detestable, odious, vile, foul, sickening, nauseating
- Chimney-sweeps, on the other hand, formed distinct and coherent communities, their filthy appearance and offensive smell forcing them into collective isolation.
- A doctor friend of ours kindly provided a large supply of surgical masks which I wore constantly to mask the imaginary offensive smells emitting from the kitchen.
- In a three-month period, there were 33 disruptive incidents in total, most relating to having an offensive smell or verbal abuse.
- 2 /ˈäfensiv/ [attributive] Actively aggressive; attacking: offensive operations against the insurgentsMore example sentences
- The captain said the unit supported airlift operations and offensive air support operations.
- It will be the hub of all logistics support for combat forces conducting offensive operations in littoral regions.
- They are most proud of the fact that they could quickly shift gears from force protection operations to direct offensive combat without missing a beat.
- 2.1(Of a weapon) meant for use in attack.More example sentences
- They do not want other countries in Asia to get any kind of offensive missiles and nuclear weapons.
- They found 13 firearms and 266 offensive weapons.
- Since the galley represented by the model in Plates V and VI, was built in 1736, her dominant offensive weapon was a cannon at her bow.
- 2.2chiefly North American (In a game) of or relating to the team or player who is seeking to score.More example sentences
- The timeout is given at the first deadball when the team requesting it has offensive possession or on a foul.
- The Mavericks probably are the most potent offensive team in the game but are criticized for their defense.
- The offensive team passes the ball from man to man while the defense adjusts and follows the ball.
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- 1An attacking military campaign: an impending military offensive against the guerrillasMore example sentences
- This year under considerable pressure from the army, the president gave the go-ahead for a military offensive against separatist guerillas in Aceh.
- Planning offensives, like military campaigns or space probes, are given virile, go-get-'em titles.
- Rebels in the country's oil-rich Niger delta have threatened to attack oil facilities unless the military halts an offensive.
- 1.1An organized and forceful campaign to achieve something, typically a political or social end: the need to launch an offensive against crimeMore example sentences
- In a short period Reebok India has become the market leader; it has even found it necessary to launch an offensive against counterfeiting of its products.
- A social offensive is being waged in every country against the working class, aimed at clawing back the concessions that were made to avert the socialist threat in an earlier period.
- First, governments began an offensive against the social welfare conditions they had been obliged to grant to the working class in an earlier period.
be on the offensive
- Act or be ready to act aggressively.More example sentences
- Well, the potential for a different kind of scam has proponents of electronic voting on the offensive.
- The idea that fundamentalism is on the offensive and threatening to dominate public life is widely held on both sides of the Atlantic.
- I think the president has also been on the offensive, which I think has certainly helped him.
go on (or take) the offensive
- Take the initiative by beginning to attack or act aggressively: security forces took the offensive ten days agoMore example sentences
launch an attack, begin to attack, attack first, strike the first blow
- Earlier he attempted to take the offensive, attacking the media coverage of the whole affair.
- Security forces have also gone on the offensive.
- A decisive call on working people to go on the offensive against the social attacks by the government would certainly get a response.
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- This, by the way, is even before the film spirals from the stupid to the offensively stupid.
- At the same time, laws relating to legal drugs might become offensively paternalistic if they were taken to an extreme.
- While their posts were quicker, they were not playmakers and simply could not carry the load offensively.
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- The next day, one of these emailers responded that he thought my reply was disproportionate to the offensiveness of his email; I agreed and apologized for having reacted inappropriately.
- They shouldn't consider the author's past offensiveness, or the reprehensibleness of the ideas he expresses outside the paper.
- Whether intentional or not, the racial offensiveness and insensitivity of Summers' remarks and actions must be acknowledged, criticized, and vigorously resisted.
mid 16th century: from French offensif, -ive or medieval Latin offensivus, from Latin offens- 'struck against', from the verb offendere (see offend).