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Noun: offensive  u'fen-siv
  1. The action of attacking an enemy
    - offense [US], offence [Brit, Cdn]
Adjective: offensive  u'fen-siv
  1. Violating or tending to violate or offend against
    "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity";
    - violative
     
  2. For the purpose of attack rather than defence
    "offensive weapons"
     
  3. Causing anger or annoyance
    "offensive remarks"
     
  4. Morally offensive
    "an offensive reputation";
    - unsavory [US], unsavoury [Brit, Cdn]
     
  5. Unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
    "offensive odours"
     
  6. Substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one
    - dysphemistic
     
  7. Causing or able to cause nausea
    - nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, loathsome, sickening, vile, vomitous [US], loathful [archaic]

Derived forms: offensives

See also: abhorrent, abusive, aggressive, antipersonnel, assaultive, attacking, charnel, creepy, detestable, disgustful [archaic], disgusting, disrespectful, distasteful, distastefulness, evil, foul, ghastly, ghoulish, gut-wrenching, harmful, hateful, hideous, hit-and-run, horrid, horrific, hostile, incursive, invading, invasive, loathful [archaic], loathly, loathsome, marauding, morbid, objectionable, obnoxious, obscene, odiferous, odiousness, odoriferous, offending, offensiveness, on the offensive, opprobrious, outrageous, predatory, raiding, rank, repellant, repellent, repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, scrimy, scurrilous, sepulchral, skanky, tip-and-run, unpalatable, unpleasant, unwholesome, verminous, wicked, yucky, yukky

Type of: military operation, op, operation

Antonym: defensive, inoffensive

Encyclopedia: Offensive