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offensive

1 adjective
     
of‧fen‧sive1
1 very rude or insulting and likely to upset people [≠ inoffensive]:
I found her remarks deeply offensive.
offensive to
crude jokes that are offensive to women
offensive behaviour
2 formal very unpleasant:
an offensive smell
3 [only before noun]PM for attacking defensive1 (1)
Jan was convicted of possessing an offensive weapon.
The troops took up offensive positions.
4 American EnglishDS relating to getting points and winning a game, rather than stopping the other team from getting points [≠ defensive]:
the Jets' offensive strategy
offensively adverb:
Rick's remarks were offensively racist.
offensiveness noun [uncountable]
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