offensive


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

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.
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   To take the offensive, To act on the offensive, {To go on
   the offensive}, to be the attacking party; to initiate
      hostilities.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Offensive \Of*fen"sive\, a. [Cf. F. offensif. See Offend.]
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   1. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment;
      displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words.
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   2. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable;
      revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive
      sounds. "Offensive to the stomach." --Bacon.
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   3. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence,
      used in attacking; -- opposed to defensive; as, an
      offensive war; offensive weapons.
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   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.
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   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.
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