offensive

offensive
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offensives
1) ADJ-GRADED Something that is offensive upsets or embarrasses people because it is rude or insulting.

Some friends of his found the play horribly offensive.

...offensive remarks which called into question the integrity of my firm.

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offensively ADV-GRADED ADV after v, ADV adj

The group who had been shouting offensively opened to let her through...

I thought his glance at me had been offensively bold.

2) N-COUNT: oft supp N A military offensive is a carefully planned attack made by a large group of soldiers.

Its latest military offensive against rebel forces is aimed at re-opening important trade routes...

The armed forces have launched offensives to recapture lost ground.

3) N-COUNT: usu supp N If you conduct an offensive, you take strong action to show how angry you are about something or how much you disapprove of something.
See also charm offensive

Republicans acknowledged that they had little choice but to mount an all-out offensive on the Democratic nominee.

...a diplomatic offensive.

4) ADJ: usu ADJ n In sports such as American football or basketball, the offensive team is the team which has possession of the ball and is trying to score. [AM]

The worst-ever defeat of this team proved once again that Stanford can be one of the most explosive offensive teams in the country.

5) PHRASE: V inflects If you go on the offensive, go over to the offensive, or take the offensive, you begin to take strong action against people who have been attacking you.

The West African forces went on the offensive in response to attacks on them...

The Foreign Secretary has decided to take the offensive in the discussion on the future of the community.


English dictionary. 2008.

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