from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Disagreeable to the senses: an offensive odor.
- adj. Causing anger, displeasure, resentment, or affront: an offensive gesture.
- adj. Making an attack: The offensive troops gained ground quickly.
- adj. Of, relating to, or designed for attack: offensive weapons.
- adj. Sports Of or relating to a team having possession of a ball or puck: the offensive line.
- n. An attitude or position of attack: go on the offensive in chess.
- n. An attack or assault: led a massive military offensive.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred.
- adj. Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.
- adj. Having to do with play directed at scoring.
- n. An attack.
- n. The posture of attacking or being able to attack.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying.
- adj. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting; noxious
- adj. Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; -- opposed to
- n. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; -- opposed to
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Serving to offend, assail, or attack; used in attack: opposed to defensive: as, offensive weapons.
- Consisting in or proceeding by attack; assailant; invading; aggressive: opposed to defensive.
- Serving to injure; injurious.
- Causing or giving offense; fitted or intended to offend or give displeasure; provocative of displeasure; insulting; annoying; displeasing: as, an offensive remark; offensive behavior.
- Disgusting; disagreeable; giving pain or unpleasant sensations: as, an offensive smell.
- n. With the definite article: An aggressive attitude or course of operations; a posture of attack: as, to act on or assume the offensive.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. violating or tending to violate or offend against
- adj. unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
- adj. causing anger or annoyance
- adj. causing or able to cause nausea
- adj. morally offensive
- adj. for the purpose of attack rather than defense
- adj. substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one
- n. the action of attacking an enemy
From French offensif, from Latin as if *offensivus, from offendere ("to offend"), past participle offensus; see offend. (Wiktionary)