Definitions of offensive

  1. of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology; "` nigger' is a dysphemistic term for ` African- American'"
  2. unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; " offensive odors"
  3. morally offensive; " an unsavory reputation"; " an unsavory scandal"
  4. causing anger or annoyance; " offensive remarks"
  5. for the purpose of attack rather than defense; " offensive weapons"
  6. violating or tending to violate or offend against; " violative of the principles of liberty"; " considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
  7. the action of attacking an enemy
  8. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words.
  9. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive sounds.
  10. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; - opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons.
  11. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; - opposed to defensive.
  12. Causing displeasure; as, offensive actions; annoying; disagreeable; disgusting; as, an offensive odor; used in attack; as, offensive weapons.
  13. Aggressive method or attitude.
  14. Offensively.
  15. Offensiveness.
  16. Causing offence: displeasing: injurious: used in attack: making the first attack.
  17. The act of the attacking party: the posture of one who attacks.
  18. Act or posture of attacking.
  19. Displeasing; disgusting; attacking.
  20. Serving or intended to give offense.
  21. Serving as a means of attack.
  22. Aggressive operations or attitude; attack.
  23. Causing displeasure; giving pain; disagreeable; assailant; used in attack; making the first attack.
  24. The part of attacking.
  25. Tending to cause offence, pain, or disgust; rude; insulting; used in attack; assailant; making the first attack.
  26. The part of attacking; a state or posture of attack.

Usage examples for offensive

  1. They proposed to take down his offensive words. – Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland by Henry B. Stanton
  2. By- and- by he communicated his sentiments to Ripton, who said they were those of a girl: an offensive remark, remembering which, Richard, after they had borrowed a couple of guns at the bailiff's farm, and Ripton had fired badly, called his friend a fool. – The Complete Project Gutenberg Works of George Meredith by George Meredith
  3. I didn't mean anything offensive." – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  4. Threats of violence, even of shooting Fray Tomas Casillas, whose sermons had been particularly offensive, were not wanting, though fortunately they were not executed. – Bartholomew de Las Casas; his life, apostolate, and writings by Francis Augustus MacNutt
  5. There was nothing offensive in the man's manner or tone. – In His Steps by Charles M. Sheldon
  6. Had he been perfectly sober, he would never have uttered an offensive word. – The Lights and Shadows of Real Life by T.S. Arthur Edition: 10 Language: English
  7. Every man regarded his wife with suspicion, and he was at the same time conscious of a strange cheerful indifference on the part of his wife that was unnatural and offensive. – The Co-Citizens by Corra Harris
  8. How much more offensive, then, was a warm man speaking to her with a familiarity so sudden and jolly as to resemble nothing so much as a slap on the back. –  by
  9. Nina writes since she has married Jim- which she did just before the offensive in March- she has been too happy- or too anxious, to remember her friends- even dear old ones- but now fortunately Jim is wounded in the ankle bone which will keep him at home for two months so she has a little leisure. – Man and Maid by Elinor Glyn
  10. Some of the most brilliant achievements of the Boers were accomplished when they were altogether exposed to the enemy's fire and had to take the offensive. – In the Shadow of Death by P. H. Kritzinger and R. D. McDonald
  11. It was essential that he should be prepared for offensive action. – Stonewall Jackson And The American Civil War by G. F. R. Henderson
  12. Though, if it lay in the way of his duty, he immediately entered into its performance, but in the least offensive manner possible. – From Wealth to Poverty by Austin Potter
  13. Sir Harry Burrard, however, had already determined that his force should land at Maciera, and he refused to permit Sir Arthur's plan of advance to be carried out, and ordered that no offensive step should be undertaken until Sir John Moore had landed. – With Moore At Corunna by G. A. Henty
  14. On the eve of the opening of the German offensive Paul received a long letter from Don which disturbed him very much. – The Orchard of Tears by Sax Rohmer
  15. If in my narrative there occurs anything offensive, correct me instantly. – A Splendid Hazard by Harold MacGrath
  16. I made known to her, in a manner as little offensive as possible, the object of my visit. – The Young Duke by Benjamin Disraeli
  17. Both machines were used by the Romans with great effect, in both defensive and offensive warfare. – Great Inventions and Discoveries by Willis Duff Piercy
  18. What was personally offensive to myself I could easily forgive, and I do forgive it. – Can You Forgive Her? by Anthony Trollope
  19. Therefore Hamilton and Saidie were not troubled by offensive stares, or in any other way. – Six Women by Victoria Cross
  20. I had no wish to be offensive, though I meant what I said. – Prescott of Saskatchewan by Harold Bindloss