What is offensive?

  • (adj): Violating or tending to violate or offend against.
    Example: "Considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
    Synonyms: violative
    See also — Additional definitions below

Some articles on offensive:

2010 BCS National Championship Game - Game Summary
... Alabama's offensive line was able to create holes in the Texas defense ... Behind Alabama's offensive line, Alabama running back Mark Ingram moved almost at will against a Texas defense ... took control of the game mid-way through the second quarter and Alabama's offensive line allowed freshman running back Trent Richardson to shoot straight down the middle of the field ...

More definitions of "offensive":

  • (adj): Unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses.
    Example: "Offensive odors"
  • (adj): Of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology.
    Synonyms: dysphemistic
  • (adj): For the purpose of attack rather than defense.
    Example: "Offensive weapons"
  • (adj): Causing anger or annoyance.
    Example: "Offensive remarks"

Famous quotes containing the word offensive:

    Uses are always much broader than functions, and usually far less contentious. The word function carries overtones of purpose and propriety, of concern with why something was developed rather than with how it has actually been found useful. The function of automobiles is to transport people and objects, but they are used for a variety of other purposes—as homes, offices, bedrooms, henhouses, jetties, breakwaters, even offensive weapons.
    Frank Smith (b. 1928)

    I abide by a rule concerning reviews: I will never ask, neither in writing nor in person, that a word be put in about my book.... One feels cleaner this way. When someone asks that his book be reviewed he risks running up against a vulgarity offensive to authorial sensibilities.
    Anton Pavlovich Chekhov (1860–1904)

    How much atonement is enough? The bombing must be allowed as at least part-payment: those of our young people who are concerned about the moral problem posed by the Allied air offensive should at least consider the moral problem that would have been posed if the German civilian population had not suffered at all.
    Clive James (b. 1939)