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Offensive meaning

offensive - 7 dictionary results

  1. 1. the action of attacking an enemy
  2. 2. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words.
  3. 3. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive sounds.
  4. 4. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; - opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons.
  5. 5. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; - opposed to defensive.
  6. 6. Act or posture of attacking.
  7. 7. Displeasing; disgusting; attacking.

offensive - examples of usage

  1. He became more and more offensive. - "Reminiscences of a South African Pioneer", W. C. Scully.
  2. " I don't think fit to engage here in a dispute about the honesty of it," says Defoe; " but till he had first cleared the country of that numerous injured people, he could never have ventured to carry an offensive war into all the borders of Europe." - "Daniel Defoe", William Minto.
  3. Clothes stained with such offensive products should be thoroughly washed. - "Special Report on Diseases of Cattle", U.S. Department of Agriculture J.R. Mohler.
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