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American English: /əˈfɛnsɪv/
British English: /əˈfɛnsɪv/

Translation of offensive in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1
    there's no need to be offensive
    no hay por qué ofender or insultar
    to be offensive to somebody
    ofender or insultar a alguien
    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.
    Example sentences
    • 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 2.1
    offensive weapon
    arma (feminine (with masculine article in the singular)) ofensiva
    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.
    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.
    2.2 (US) (Sport)
    de ataque
    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.


  • to launch an offensive against somebody/something
    lanzar una ofensiva contra alguien/algo
    to be on the offensive
    estar a la ofensiva
    to go over to the offensive
    pasar a la ofensiva or al ataque
    to take the offensive
    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.
    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.
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