offensive

  • 1 offensive — [ ɔfɑ̃siv ] n. f. • 1587; de offensif 1 ♦ Action d attaquer l ennemi, en prenant l initiative des opérations. ⇒ attaque. Prendre, reprendre l offensive. Passer à l offensive. Une offensive : attaque d envergure, exécutée à l échelon d une grande… …

    Encyclopédie Universelle

  • 2 offensive# — offensive adj 1 attacking, aggressive (see under ATTACK n) Analogous words: invasive, incursive (see corresponding nouns at INVASION): assaulting, assailing, attacking, bombarding, storming (see ATTACK vb) 2 Offensive, loathsome, repulsive,… …

    New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • 3 Offensive — Of*fen sive, a. [Cf. F. offensif. See {Offend}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words. [1913 Webster] 2. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting;… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 4 offensive — of·fen·sive /ə fen siv/ adj 1: of, relating to, or designed for attack offensive weapons 2: causing displeasure or resentment; esp: contrary to a particular or prevailing sense of what is decent, proper, or moral depicted sexual acts in a… …

    Law dictionary

  • 5 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}. [1913 Webster] {To take the offensive}, {To act on the offensive}, {To go on the offensive}, to… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 6 offensive — UK US /əˈfensɪv/ adjective ► causing someone to feel upset and angry, often because of being rude: offensive to sb »His comments were highly offensive to women. »The channel ran a series of grossly offensive advertisements …

    Financial and business terms

  • 7 offensive — [adj1] disrespectful, insulting; displeasing abhorrent, abusive, annoying, biting, cutting, detestable, disagreeable, discourteous, distasteful, dreadful, embarrassing, evil, foul, ghastly, grisly, gross, hideous, horrible, horrid, impertinent,… …

    New thesaurus

  • 8 offensive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing offence. 2) involved or used in active attack. 3) chiefly N. Amer. relating to the team in possession of the ball or puck in a game. ► NOUN ▪ a military campaign of attack. ● be on the offensive Cf. ↑ …

    English terms dictionary

  • 9 offensive — [ə fen′siv; ] for adj., also [ ô′fen΄siv] adj. [ML offensivus < L offensa,OFFENSE] 1. attacking; aggressive 2. of or for attack ☆ 3. designating or of the side that is seeking to score in any contest 4. unpleasant, as to the senses;… …

    English World dictionary

  • 10 Offensive — (v. lat.), der Angriff, im Gegensatz zur. Defensive (s.d.), besteht darin, daß die feindliche Macht aufgesucht u. angegriffen wird, der Offensivkrieg od. Angriffskrieg beginnt daher mit dem Einbruch in Feindes Land. Man unterscheidet dabei… …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 11 Offensīve — (franz.), das angriffsweise Vorgehen gegen den Feind im Gegensatz zum Abwarten desselben in der Defensive (s. d.). Man unterscheidet die strategische O., das Angriffsverfahren in der Kriegführung, und die taktische O., den Angriff auf dem… …

    Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • 12 Offensive D — Die Partei Rechtsstaatlicher Offensive war eine rechtskonservative bzw. rechtspopulistische Kleinpartei in Deutschland, die von 2000 bis 2007 existierte. Sie war von 2001 bis 2004 an der Regierung in Hamburg beteiligt. Ihre Geschichte kennt zwei… …

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  • 13 offensive — I adj. 1) offensive to (his actions were offensive to everyone) 2) offensive to + inf. (it s offensive to read such things in the newspaper) II n. 1) to assume, go over to, take the offensive 2) to launch, mount an offensive 3) (usu. mil.) to… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 14 offensive — of|fen|sive1 [əˈfensıv] adj 1.) very rude or insulting and likely to upset people ≠ ↑inoffensive ▪ I found her remarks deeply offensive . offensive to ▪ crude jokes that are offensive to women ▪ offensive behaviour 2.) formal very unpleasant ▪ …

    Dictionary of contemporary English

  • 15 offensive — [[t]əfe̱nsɪv[/t]] ♦♦♦ offensives 1) ADJ GRADED Something that is offensive upsets or embarrasses people because it is rude or insulting. Some friends of his found the play horribly offensive. ...offensive remarks which called into question the… …

    English dictionary

  • 16 offensive — 1 adjective 1 very rude or insulting and likely to upset people: I found her remarks deeply offensive. (+ to): crude jokes that are offensive to women opposite inoffensive 2 formal unpleasant: an offensive smell 3 (only before noun) for attacking …

    Longman dictionary of contemporary English

  • 17 offensive — {{Roman}}I.{{/Roman}} noun ADJECTIVE ▪ all out, full scale, large scale, major, massive ▪ In 1941, Hitler launched an all out offensive against the Soviet Union. ▪ military …

    Collocations dictionary

  • 18 offensive — of|fen|sive1 [ ə fensıv ] adjective * 1. ) unpleasant or insulting, and likely to make people upset or embarrassed: books containing offensive language offensive odors There were complaints that the advertisement was offensive to women. 2. ) only …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 19 offensive — 1. adjective 1) offensive remarks Syn: insulting, insolent, derogatory, disrespectful, hurtful, wounding, abusive; annoying, exasperating, irritating, galling, provocative, outrageous; rude, impertinent, discourteous …

    Thesaurus of popular words

  • 20 offensive — I UK [əˈfensɪv] / US adjective * 1) unpleasant or insulting, and likely to make people upset or embarrassed books containing offensive language offensive odours There were complaints that the advertisement was offensive to women. • Collocations:… …

    English dictionary