offensive: Meaning and Definition of


Pronunciation: (u-fen'siv or, for 4, 5, ô'fen-, of'en-), [key]
— adj.
  1. causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying: offensive television commercials.
  2. unpleasant or disagreeable to the sense: an offensive odor.
  3. repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting: an offensive remark; an offensive joke.
  4. pertaining to offense or attack: the offensive movements of their troops.
  5. characterized by attack; aggressive: offensive warfare.
  1. the position or attitude of aggression or attack: to take the offensive.
  2. an aggressive movement or attack: a carefully planned naval offensive.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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