offensive
Pronunciation
  • IPA: /əˈfɛnsɪv/
  • (sports) (America) IPA: /ˈɔˌfɛnsɪv/
Adjective

offensive

  1. Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred.
    Some people find pornography offensive.
    An offensive smell.
  2. Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.
    The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.
  3. (sports) Having to do with play directed at scoring.
    The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.
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offensive

  1. (countable, military) An attack.
    The Marines today launched a major offensive.
  2. (uncountable) The posture of attacking or being able to attack.
    He took the offensive in the press, accusing his opponent of corruption.
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