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offensive

adjective uk   /əˈfen.sɪv/ us  

offensive adjective (UPSETTING)

B2 causing offence: This programme contains language that some viewers might find offensive. He told some really offensive sexist jokes.
Opposite
Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
unpleasant: offensive smellsSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad

offensive adjective (ATTACKING)

used for attacking: Since the other side had taken offensive action (= attacked), we had no choice but to defend ourselves. Knives of any sort are classed as offensive weapons.Violent or aggressiveUnkind, cruel and unfeelingTreating people or animals badlyArms and munitions in general
offensively
adverb uk   /-li/ us  
offensiveness
noun [U] uk   /-nəs/ us  
Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire

offensive

noun [C] uk   /əˈfen.sɪv/ us  
a planned military attack: They launched the land offensive in the middle of the night. UN troops have gone on the offensive (= started to attack).Attacking and invading take the offensive to attack firstAttacking and invading
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