Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the action of attacking an enemy
  2. (adj, all) substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one
  3. (adj, all) unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
  4. (adj, all) morally offensive
    an unsavory scandal
  5. (adj, all) causing anger or annoyance
  6. (adj, all) for the purpose of attack rather than defense
  7. (adj, all) violating or tending to violate or offend against
    considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity
  8. (adj, all) causing or able to cause nausea
    nauseous offal
    a sickening stench

via WordNet, Princeton University

Antonyms of Offensive

defensive, inoffensive

Alternate forms of Offensive

Derivations: offend, offensiveness

Hyponyms: counteroffensive, dirty war, push back, rollback

Hypernyms: military operation, operation

Origin of the word Offensive

  1. "attacking" (1547), "insulting" (1576), both from M.Fr. offensif (fem. offensive), from M.L. offensivus, from L. offensus, pp. of offendere "offend" (see offend). The noun is 1720 from the adj. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

Words that sound like Offensive

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