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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
all-out war/attack/offensive etc
an offensive weapon (=one that can be used to attack someone illegally)
▪ He was charged with carrying an offensive weapon.
launch an attack/assault/offensive
▪ The press launched a vicious attack on the President.
offensive/defensive lineman
strong/unpleasant/pungent/offensive etc odour
▪ obnoxious odours from a factory
▪ Marriage experts have slammed Laura's ideas as offensive and pandering to male chauvinism.
▪ To give him an answer to it would have been as offensive as the question.
▪ I have found the way I have been treated by qualified and unqualified people patronising and presumptuous and deeply offensive.
▪ To entertain the idea that they are matters which are open to discussion is in fact deeply offensive.
▪ He found it deeply offensive to think of Alice-his beautiful Alice - being rejected by anyone.
▪ It was, though, more offensive than charm.
▪ But this year an even more offensive marketing ploy is keeping me away from my Christmas shopping.
▪ He had often wondered why he found it more offensive and ghoulish than the autopsy itself.
▪ The music mix was more offensive out in the open.
▪ Lately, Democrats like to believe, the excesses of the Republican Congress have been particularly offensive to women.
▪ Legionnaires on Thursday requested removal of four works that they found particularly offensive.
▪ Mrs Gore even risked the wrath of the record industry by campaigning to have warning labels put on particularly offensive records.
▪ They said the proposal to eliminate this kind of coverage is particularly offensive.
▪ All that need be proved is that the matter is of a certain type and the manner of presentation patently offensive.
▪ Paul Verhoeven has a track record of movies so offensive they are perversely beguiling.
▪ It could have been possible for Smith to tell this story without being so offensive.
▪ The X-rays that had proved so offensive and shown up that considerable blob had been taken more than three weeks previously.
▪ We now know that the watery slime so offensive to human sensibilities serves as an incubator for a variety of wildlife.
▪ How could he be so offensive as to stare at the chap's disfigured face, he wondered.
▪ Ernie Zampese is their third offensive coordinator in five years.
▪ Now, with the 49ers at their 18-yard line, offensive coordinator Marc Trestman called the screen pass.
▪ Dungy recently hired David Shula as offensive coordinator.
▪ Auburn offensive coordinator Rodney Allison said.
▪ It was a good call by much-criticized offensive coordinator Marc Trestman, and the 49ers were in business.
▪ He did not admit to authorship until offensive coordinator Marc Trestman mentioned it.
▪ The appellant had used offensive language to a 12 year old girl who had run home and complained to her father.
▪ For offensive language, Mayor Brown is in a class of one.
▪ And despite giving up five sacks to Seattle, the offensive line has been a pleasant surprise.
▪ This line should match up well with the offensive lines on the 49ers' championship teams.
▪ The offensive line was hit particularly hard in Atlanta.
▪ For the first time this season, the 49ers made a change in their starting offensive line.
▪ They have that massive offensive line, and it has played well all year.
▪ But our offensive line is coming together.
▪ It seemed like down there in the second game, our offensive line just overpowered them.
▪ If Brown is able to start, that solves one of four problems on the offensive line.
▪ The moves were not unexpected for the salary-cap strapped Panthers, who also released offensive lineman James Dexter.
▪ Former Cardinals offensive lineman Bernard Dafney signed with Pittsburgh.
▪ Joe Rudolph, an offensive lineman, also is scheduled for a visit.
▪ The Cardinals also think this is a deep draft for offensive linemen, and that a good one would be available later.
▪ They ignore offensive linemen and shortchange defensive brilliance.
▪ There were live interviews during the game with offensive linemen.
▪ There are very few offensive linemen who can come in as rookies and play well.
▪ Only those displaying offensive materials in the windows of multi-storey apartment buildings would seem to be safe from conviction. 3.
▪ I can now see that old people are a real pain, wandering around in their leather jackets and publishing offensive material.
▪ Some companies, such as Universal, have set up lyric committees to prevent the release of offensive material.
▪ In late June the army again declared the suspension of offensive operations, until July 6.
▪ The war was characterised by mobile offensive operations.
▪ Chuck Levy, meanwhile, was in for 40 offensive plays and made the most of them.
▪ Sunday, in the third quarter, the 49ers called a stretch of 14 pass plays in 17 offensive plays.
▪ Jody keeps Sally in for twenty-three minutes, watching her pick up the offensive plays and bluff her way through the defense.
▪ The 49ers' first four offensive plays included an interception, a sack and a lost fumble.
▪ There are many great offensive players in the game right now, maybe because the pitching is so awful.
▪ You have a defender, you have an offensive player.
▪ When the Bruins avoided turnovers, they often looked to Henderson, their best half-court offensive player.
▪ Shareef Abdur-Rahim had five offensive rebounds in the half.
▪ On one occasion he had been trying to copy the way McKelvey took an offensive rebound and turned it into a basket.
▪ Oregon State had two offensive rebounds against Cal, and both were team rebounds.
▪ We talk about working on boxing out and we box out, then they get 10 offensive rebounds.
▪ We gave them 20 offensive rebounds.
▪ Then Kris Johnson converted an offensive rebound, and Bailey hit two free throws.
▪ In overtime, Dallas offensive tackle Larry Allen changed his mind at the last moment and called heads instead of tails.
▪ The fifth, reserve offensive tackle Charles McRae, has decided to retire from football following a disappointing six-year career.
▪ A possible comparison: Davis came here rated as the second offensive tackle, behind Florida's Kenyatta Walker.
▪ Most significantly in the short range, it could leave 49ers' offensive tackle Steve Wallace twisting in the wind.
▪ Massive offensive tackle Erik Williams must be paid a $ 5 million bonus this week or he becomes a free agent.
▪ He appealed to Khrushchev to remove the offensive weapons under United Nations supervision.
▪ Two Haverhill men have been charged with threatening behaviour and possession of offensive weapons.
▪ Police had considered taking action against David as they said he was carrying an offensive weapon his bendy rubber truncheon.
▪ The commuter was prosecuted, found guilty of carrying an offensive weapon, and fined.
▪ Joshua Morris stood in line waiting to be searched for an offensive weapon.
▪ It says it's an offence for anyone to be carrying an offensive weapon.
▪ Moreover, in the 1930s offensive weapons were openly and legally sold.
offensive weapons
▪ Apparently some viewers found the show offensive.
▪ Government troops took up offensive positions.
▪ the offensive player of the year
▪ The BBC received a number of complaints about the offensive remarks made during the interview.
▪ These pornographic magazines are deeply offensive to women.
▪ Throughout the football game a small section of the crowd was chanting offensive slogans.
▪ Your comments are offensive to all Jews.
▪ He is particularly curious about the offensive line, which was beset by injuries and poor performances last season.
▪ He was convicted of carrying an offensive weapon and got a 28-day suspended sentence and £200 fine.
▪ How could he be so offensive as to stare at the chap's disfigured face, he wondered.
▪ The 49ers' first four offensive plays included an interception, a sack and a lost fumble.
▪ This was offensive to Hinduism, his critics yelled.
▪ Walsh returns as an administrative assistant to Seifert and will work closely with second-year offensive coordinator Marc Trestman.
▪ In the last week of February, Etiopia finally launched a major offensive at Badme.
▪ On March 30, 1972, Hanoi launched its own major offensive across the demilitarized zone.
▪ Exactly as had happened the year before, the major offensive was preceded by a significant upswing in fighting.
▪ There has already been artillery fire, and many expect a new offensive in the coming weeks.
▪ In this mood, McClellan considered planning a new offensive.
▪ Creekmur, a Lions offensive lineman during the 1950s, played both guard and tackle in his 10-year career.
▪ Temperamentally unsuited for compromise, Tatum went on the offensive.
▪ But before Adamowski could get his campaign under way, Daley threw him off balance by going on the offensive.
▪ Hastily revising his plans for my career, he settled us into our Cape Cod retreat and went on the offensive.
▪ In the last week of February, Etiopia finally launched a major offensive at Badme.
▪ On March 30, 1972, Hanoi launched its own major offensive across the demilitarized zone.
▪ At the same time it launched an ideological offensive launched to justify this approach to solving the crisis.
▪ Government troops launched an offensive against UNITA positions in the north.
▪ The great military offensive had failed, and it seemed victory was escaping them.
▪ The rebel offensive resumed on Thursday, leaving 12 dead and many injured.
▪ Before the offensive began he had tried in vain to impress this upon his superiors.
▪ In the view of many analysts here, they did not have to create the impression that they are on the offensive.
▪ The failure of the Guadalajara offensive marked the end of a period of change discernible in Franco's military tactics.
▪ The government offensive in Arakan was only part of a broader offensive launched against rebel forces in late 1991.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Offensive \Of*fen"sive\, n. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; -- opposed to defensive.

To take the offensive, To act on the offensive, To go on the offensive, to be the attacking party; to initiate hostilities.


Offensive \Of*fen"sive\, a. [Cf. F. offensif. See Offend.]

  1. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words.

  2. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive sounds. ``Offensive to the stomach.''

  3. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; -- opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons.

    League offensive and defensive, a leaque that requires all the parties to it to make war together against any foe, and to defend one another if attacked.

    Syn: Displeasing; disagreeable; distasteful; obnoxious; abhorrent; disgusting; impertinent; rude; saucy; reproachful; opprobrious; insulting; insolent; abusive; scurrilous; assailant; attacking; invading. [1913 Webster] -- Of*fen"sive*ly, adv. -- Of*fen"sive*ness, n.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"attacking" (1540s), "insulting" (1570s), both from Middle French offensif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin offensivus, from Latin offens-, past participle stem of offendere "offend" (see offend). Related: Offensively; offensiveness.


"condition of attacking, aggressive action," 1720, from offensive (adj.).


a. 1 Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred. 2 Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive. n. 1 (context countable military English) An attack. 2 (context uncountable English) The posture of attacking or being able to attack.

  1. adj. violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity" [syn: violative]

  2. for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons" [ant: defensive]

  3. causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks" [ant: inoffensive]

  4. morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal" [syn: unsavory, unsavoury] [ant: savory]

  5. unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors" [ant: inoffensive]

  6. of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'" [syn: dysphemistic] [ant: euphemistic]

  7. causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench" [syn: nauseating, nauseous, noisome, loathsome, sickening, vile]


n. the action of attacking an enemy [syn: offense, offence]


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"
Offensive (military)

An offensive is a military operation that seeks through aggressive projection of armed force to occupy territory, gain an objective or achieve some larger strategic, operational or tactical goal. Another term for an offensive often used by the media is ' invasion', or the more general 'attack'.

The offensive was considered a pre-eminent means of producing victory, although with the recognition of a defensive phase at some stage of the execution.

A quick guide to the size or scope of the offensive is to consider the number of troops involved in the side initiating the offensive.

Offensives are largely conducted as a means to secure initiative in a confrontation between opponents. They can be waged on land, at sea or in the air.

Naval offensives, such as the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, can have wide-ranging implications for national strategies, and require significant logistical commitment to destroy enemy naval capabilities. It can also be used to interdict enemy shipping, such as World War II's Battle of the Atlantic. Naval offensives can also be tactical in nature, such as Operation Coronado IX conducted by the United States Navy's Mobile Riverine Force during the Vietnam War.

An air offensive is an operation that can describe any number of different types of operations, usually restricted to specific types of aircraft. The offensives conducted with use of fighter aircraft are predominantly concerned with establishing air superiority in a given air space, or over a given territory. A bomber offensive is sometimes also known as a strategic bombing offensive and was prominently used by the Allies on a large scale during World War II. Use of ground attack aircraft in support of ground offensives can be said to be an air offensive, such as that performed in the opening phase of the Red Army's Operations Kutuzov and Rumyantsev, when hundreds of Il-2 aircraft were used en masse to overwhelm the Wehrmacht's ground troops.

Usage examples of "offensive".

There are, furthermore, the accompanying symptoms of a coated tongue, bitter taste in the mouth, unpleasant eructations, scalding of the throat from regurgitation, offensive breath, sick headache, giddiness, disturbed sleep, sallow countenance, heart-burn, morbid craving after food, constant anxiety and apprehension, fancied impotency, and fickleness.

To save them present pain at the risk of future anguish, to consult the feelings of her brother, in preference to his morality, would be forgetting every lesson of her life, which, from its earliest dawn, had imbibed a love of virtue, that made her consider whatever was offensive to it as equally disgusting and unhappy.

Manties to accept the attritional losses major offensives of their own would entail.

In this important fortress, the vigilance of Chosroes had deposited a magazine of offensive and defensive arms, sufficient for five times the number, not only of the garrison, but of the besiegers themselves.

Badgers were possibly the meanest creatures in the region, even above the orcs, quicker to anger than Bluster the bear and quite willing to take the offensive against any opponent, no matter how large.

Russians have also launched a general offensive all along the line to pin the Royal Norwegian Army while they bring in their amphibious troops to support the Brekke paradrop.

Although it was evident by her manner that the woman sought privacy in her request, the waiter obviously considered the matter of no importance and answered her in a brusque, offensive voice.

They, also, belong to the great group of burrowers, and their coats of mail assume both offensive and defensive characters.

Ben Montoya warns solemnly that Biblical analogies are exclusionary and very often offensive in our increasingly diverse society.

They were determined to pursue the victory, and to employ against the exclusionists those very offensive arms, however unfair, which that party had laid up in store against their antagonists.

To apply it to the case of France, if there had been a treaty of alliance, offensive and defensive, between the United States and that country, the unqualified acknowledgment of the new government would have put the United States in a condition to become an associate in the war with France, and would have laid the legislature under an obligation, if required, and there was otherwise no valid excuse, of exercising its power of declaring war.

Sir John French thought the moment had come for an offensive wheel round Menin towards the Scheldt.

But it seemed to me that they were more offensive a millionfold than White fags would have been.

Overindulgence in something as delicate as love is to be found monstrously offensive in the eyes of the God of Love.

Army commanders shared about the success of an offensive at this time or to question the immorality of attacking Belgium and Holland, whose neutrality and borders the German government had solemnly guaranteed.