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Dictionary definition for: Offensive

1. (n) the action of attacking an enemy

2. (s) violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty" "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"

3. (a) for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"

4. (a) causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks"

5. (a) morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation" "an unsavory scandal"

6. (a) unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"

7. (a) of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology; "nigger" is a dysphemistic term for "African-American"

8. (s) causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell" "nauseous offal" "a sickening stench"

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