very rude or insulting and likely to upset people [≠ inoffensive]:
I found her remarks deeply offensive.
crude jokes that are offensive to women
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
Rick's remarks were offensively racist.
—offensiveness noun [uncountable]