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
"The media have chosen to use the term offensive," he said.
As I say in my long list of comments, not only is the term offensive, it is terribly imprecise and journalistically worthless.
State senator Frederica Wilson from Miami says she finds the term offensive and she says, "An alien to me is someone from outer space."
Glenn Greenwald, for example, takes on Ann Althouse who claims to find the term offensive as well as Glenn Reynolds who calls it "a variety of bigotry."
"We cannot say the term offensive for Kandahar," said the Afghan National Army officer in charge here, Gen. Sher Mohammad Zazai.
Notice how he says, "Now that I know YOU find the term offensive, I will refrain from using it."
Obviously, Jeff Roorda doesn't find the term offensive at all.
Now that I know you find the term offensive, I will refrain from using it.
Since then, reports of McCain's language have been circulating on Internet chat sites and e-mails among Asian Americans, many of whom find the the term offensive and inappropriate for an elected official.
They claim to find the term offensive and disparaging - and say it should not, therefore, be entitled to any form of commercial protection under US law.