- Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred.
- Some feminists find pornography offensive.
- Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.
- The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.
- (team sports) Having to do with play directed at scoring.
- The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.
- Nouns to which "offensive" is often applied: content, material, language, word, comment, remark, statement, speech, joke, humor, image, picture, art, behavior, conduct, act, action.
- invidious (Intending to cause envious offense)
team sports: having to do with play directed at scoring
- (countable, military) An attack.
- The Marines today launched a major offensive.
- (uncountable) The posture of attacking or being able to attack.
- He took the offensive in the press, accusing his opponent of corruption.
posture of attack
- offensive in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913
- offensive in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911
- feminine form of offensif
offensive f (plural offensives)
- An offensive (military attack).