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Definitions of offensive

  1. of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. the action of attacking the enemy Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  4. unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  6. causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  7. for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  8. violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity" Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  9. the action of attacking an enemy Wordnet Dictionary DB
  10. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words. Webster Dictionary DB
  11. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive sounds. Webster Dictionary DB
  12. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; - opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons. Webster Dictionary DB
  13. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; - opposed to defensive. Webster Dictionary DB
  14. Causing displeasure; as, offensive actions; annoying; disagreeable; disgusting; as, an offensive odor; used in attack; as, offensive weapons. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  15. Aggressive method or attitude. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  16. Offensively. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  17. Offensiveness. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  18. Causing offence: displeasing: injurious: used in attack: making the first attack. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  19. The act of the attacking party: the posture of one who attacks. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  20. Act or posture of attacking. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  21. Displeasing; disgusting; attacking. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  22. Serving or intended to give offense. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  23. Disgreeable; injurious. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  24. Serving as a means of attack. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  25. Aggressive operations or attitude; attack. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  26. Causing displeasure; giving pain; disagreeable; assailant; used in attack; making the first attack. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  27. The part of attacking. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  28. Tending to cause offence, pain, or disgust; rude; insulting; used in attack; assailant; making the first attack. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  29. The part of attacking; a state or posture of attack. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.
  30. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; -- opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons. mso.anu.edu.au
  31. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; -- opposed to defensive. mso.anu.edu.au
  32. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons. dictgcide_fs
  33. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; opposed to defensive. dictgcide_fs
  34. Aggressive, intended for or used in attack, (o. arms, movement; opp. DEFENSIVE); meant to give offence, insulting, (o. language); disgusting, ill-smelling, nauseous, repulsive; hence offensively adv., offensiveness n. (N.) attitude of assailant, aggressive action, (take, act on, abandon, the o.). [Latin] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  35. n. State or posture of attack ;- the part of attacking. Cabinet Dictionary

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