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Origin of offensive
Examples from the Web for offensiveness
Beinart highlights two of them: Gaza and the offensiveness of baby-counting.
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|Richard Rushfield|January 16, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Beyond the offensiveness, Terry laments the muddled messaging on such an important topic.
He seemed more struck with the peculiarity of the senior partner's conduct; Andrew with its offensiveness.The Prodigal Father|J. Storer Clouston
Germans are no better; so it must be racial, this offensiveness.The Vultures|Henry Seton Merriman
The presence of sulphur explains the offensiveness of the exhalations from Cabbage when in a state of decay.
And let me tell you, Hardinge, that there are occasions when one's high spirits can degenerate into offensiveness and vulgarity!A Little Rebel|Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
There was no sign of drunkenness; there was no rowdyism; there was nothing suggestive even of offensiveness.Nasby in Exile|David R. Locke
"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.).