- causing resentful displeasure; highly irritating, angering, or annoying: offensive television commercials.
- unpleasant or disagreeable to the sense: an offensive odor.
- repugnant to the moral sense, good taste, or the like; insulting: an offensive remark; an offensive joke.
- pertaining to offense or attack: the offensive movements of their troops.
- characterized by attack; aggressive: offensive warfare.
- the position or attitude of aggression or attack: to take the offensive.
- an aggressive movement or attack: a carefully planned naval offensive.
Origin of offensive
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Examples from the Web for offensively
It was defined by its offensively high price, pretentious waiting lists and limited edition variations.The Language of Margaret Thatcher’s Handbags
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Jace Lacob on where the Fox musical-comedy has gone horribly, offensively wrong.Why I Loathe Glee
September 29, 2010
And few complain when offensively small briefs are worn by hot male models.Ban the Speedo!
October 5, 2009
Wilding shrugged and smiled; Grey's eye was offensively upon him.Mistress Wilding
At first she was made much of, in an offensively patronising manner.Chance
He contrived to say it so offensively that Jumbo flushed with anger.Oh, You Tex!
William Macleod Raine
He struck me as a dapper man, noticeably, but not offensively, self-satisfied.A Daughter of the Middle Border
"That is posterity's look-out," said Hamilton, offensively; but Bones ignored the rudeness.Bones
- unpleasant or disgusting, as to the senses
- causing anger or annoyance; insulting
- for the purpose of attack rather than defence
- the offensive an attitude or position of aggression
- an assault, attack, or military initiative, esp a strategic one
Word Origin and History for offensively
"attacking" (1540s), "insulting" (1570s), both from Middle French offensif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin offensivus, from Latin offens-, past participle stem of offendere "offend" (see offend). Related: Offensively; offensiveness.
"condition of attacking, aggressive action," 1720, from offensive (adj.).