- 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 offensiveness
Beinart highlights two of them: Gaza and the offensiveness of baby-counting.Who's Afraid of Caroline Glick?
May 24, 2012
In his beyond-the-pale derision and offensiveness, he turned it into a night that could never have been an Oscar ceremony.The Gaudy, Gauche and Sometimes Corrupt Greatness of the Golden Globes
January 16, 2012
Beyond the offensiveness, Terry laments the muddled messaging on such an important topic.France's Anti-Smoking Faux Pas
February 24, 2010
"Nay, that is no answer," he cried, overlooking my offensiveness.The Shame of Motley
Lastly he turned to me to complete this gross work of offensiveness.The Strolling Saint
But the English, when translated, was bald and blunt to the verge of offensiveness.Beauchamp's Career, Complete
But it was the Baby who saw what was to be done if his parent was to be delivered from his own offensiveness.The Creators
You must apologize for its offensiveness, or you will be arrested, sir.Carnac's Folly, Complete
- 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 offensiveness
"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.).