offensive meaning

EN[əˈfɛnsɪv] [ˈɔˌfɛnsɪv]
  • Offensive may refer to:
  • Offensive, the former name of the Dutch political party Socialist Alternative
  • Offensive (military), an attack
  • Profanity, also known as "offensive language"
FR offensive

    Definition of offensive in English Dictionary

  • NounPLoffensivesPREoff-SUF-ive
    1. NC (military) An attack.
      1. The Marines today launched a major offensive.
    2. NU The posture of attacking or being able to attack.
      1. He took the offensive in the press, accusing his opponent of corruption.
  • AdjectiveCOMmore offensiveSUPmost offensive
    1. Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred.
      1. Some feminists find pornography offensive. ‎
    2. Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.
      1. In his submission to the UN, [Christof] Heyns points to the experience of drones. Unmanned aerial vehicles were intended initially only for surveillance, and their use for offensive purposes was prohibited, yet once strategists realised their perceived advantages as a means of carrying out targeted killings, all objections were swept out of the way.
    3. (team sports) Having to do with play directed at scoring.
      1. The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays. ‎
  • More Examples
    1. Used in the Middle of Sentence
      • The refit plan recommended that the first battalion be motorized to upgrade their offensive capabilities.
      • He's keeping his head down after being blasted for his offensive tweets. ‎
      • Hey "bantz merchants', your patter is offensive and not even puerile enough to be considered comedy. It ends here.
  • Part-of-Speech Hierarchy
    1. Adjectives
      • Nouns
        • Countable nouns
          • Singularia tantum
            • Uncountable nouns
        Related Links:
        1. fr offensive
        2. en offensives
        3. fr offensives
        4. en offensively
        5. fr offensivement
        Source: Wiktionary

        Meaning of offensive for the defined word.

        Grammatically, this word "offensive" is an adjective. It's also a noun, more specifically, a countable noun and a singularia tantum.
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