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Meaning of OFFENSIVE

Pronunciation:  u'fensiv

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the action of attacking the enemy
  2. [adj]  of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"
  3. [adj]  unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"
  4. [adj]  morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"
  5. [adj]  causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks"
  6. [adj]  for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"
  7. [adj]  violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
  8. [adj]  causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"

OFFENSIVE is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: abhorrent, abusive, antipersonnel, assault(a), assaultive, attack(a), attacking(a), charnel, creepy, detestable, disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, dysphemistic, foul, ghastly, ghoulish, hideous, hit-and-run, horrid, horrific, incursive, insulting, invading, invasive, loathly, loathsome, marauding, morbid, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, objectionable, obnoxious, obscene, odoriferous, offence, offending, offense, on the offensive(p), opprobrious, outrageous, predatory, raiding, rank, repellant, repellent, repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, scornful, scrimy, scurrilous, sepulchral, sickening, skanky, tip-and-run, unpleasant, unsavory, unsavoury, unwholesome, verminous, vile, violative, wicked, yucky
 Antonyms: defensive, euphemistic, inoffensive, savory, savoury, unoffending
 See Also: aggressive, counteroffensive, disrespectful, evil, harmful, hateful, hostile, military operation, operation, push back, rollback, unpalatable



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Of*fen"sive\, a. [Cf.F. offensif. See {Offend}.]
    1. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment;
       displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words.
    2. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable;
       revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive
       sounds. ``Offensive to the stomach.'' --Bacon.
    3. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence,
       used in attacking; -- opposed to {defensive}; as, an
       offensive war; offensive weapons.
    {League offensive and defensive}, a leaque that requires all
       the parties to it to make war together against any foe,
       and to defend one another if attacked.
    Syn: Displeasing; disagreeable; distasteful; obnoxious;
         abhorrent; disgusting; impertinent; rude; saucy;
         reproachful; opprobrious; insulting; insolent; abusive;
         scurrilous; assailant; attacking; invading. --
         {Of*fen"sive*ly}, adv. -- {Of*fen"sive*ness}, n.
  2. \Of*fen"sive\, n.
    The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack;
    aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; --
    opposed to {defensive}.
    {To act on the offensive}, to be the attacking party.
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