offensive

Definitions

  • Harlequin’s Offensive
    Harlequin’s Offensive
  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj offensive substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"
    • adj offensive unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses "offensive odors"
    • adj offensive morally offensive "an unsavory reputation","an unsavory scandal"
    • adj offensive causing anger or annoyance "offensive remarks"
    • adj offensive for the purpose of attack rather than defense "offensive weapons"
    • adj offensive violating or tending to violate or offend against "violative of the principles of liberty","considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
    • adj offensive causing or able to cause nausea "a nauseating smell","nauseous offal","a sickening stench"
    • n offensive the action of attacking an enemy
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: The record for the world?s worst drivers is a toss-up between two candidates: First, a 75-year-old man who received 10 traffic tickets, drove on the wrong side of the road four times, committed four hit-and-run offenses, and caused six accidents, all within 20 minutes on October 15, 1966. Second, a 62-year-old woman who failed her driving test 40 times before passing it in August, 1970 (by that time, she had spent over $700 in lessons, and could no longer afford to buy a car)
    • Offensive Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words.
    • Offensive Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting; noxious; as, an offensive smell; offensive sounds. "Offensive to the stomach."
    • Offensive Making the first attack; assailant; aggressive; hence, used in attacking; -- opposed to defensive; as, an offensive war; offensive weapons.
    • n Offensive The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; -- opposed to defensive.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: In 1659, the General Court of Massachusetts ordered that anybody caught feasting or laying off from work, or in any other way goofing off on any other day other than Christmas, would be fined five shillings for each such offense.
    • offensive Serving to offend, assail, or attack; used in attack: opposed to defensive: as, offensive weapons.
    • offensive Consisting in or proceeding by attack; assailant; invading; aggressive: opposed to defensive.
    • offensive Serving to injure; injurious.
    • offensive Causing or giving offense; fitted or intended to offend or give displeasure; provocative of displeasure; insulting; annoying; displeasing: as, an offensive remark; offensive behavior.
    • offensive Disgusting; disagreeable; giving pain or unpleasant sensations: as, an offensive smell. Synonyms and
    • n offensive With the definite article: An aggressive attitude or course of operations; a posture of attack: as, to act on or assume the offensive.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Leonardo Divinci made sketches of a tracked armored vehicle to be used as an offensive weapon. It was pedal powered.
    • adj Offensive causing offence, displeasure, or injury: used in attack: making the first attack
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Quotations

  • Pope Paul VI
    Pope Paul VI
    “If you wish to be brothers, let the arms fall from your hands. One cannot love while holding offensive arms.”
  • Thomas B. Aldrich
    Thomas B. Aldrich
    “Gracious to all, to none subservient, Without offense he spoke the word he meant.”
  • Abraham Lincoln
    Abraham%20Lincoln
    “We should be too big to take offense and too noble to give it.”
  • Austin O'Malley
    Austin%20O%27Malley
    “Before you beat a child, be sure yourself are not the cause of the offense.”
  • Samuel Johnson
    Samuel%20Johnson
    “This merriment of parsons is mighty offensive.”
  • Horace
    Horace
    “What do sad complaints avail if the offense is not cut down by punishment.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. F. offensif,. See Offend
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Fr.,—L. ob, against, fendĕre, to strike.

Usage

In literature:

My brother-in-law rose to his feet and looked about him with the expression of one who has detected an offensive odour.
"Berry And Co." by Dornford Yates
Foch soon saw that an allied offensive would not be possible then; that the most they could hope to do was to hold back the invading forces.
"Foch the Man" by Clara E. Laughlin
Do not permit yourself to lose your temper in society, nor show that you have taken offense at a supposed slight.
"Our Deportment" by John H. Young
The motion to the enema as offensive as before, but the breath is less offensive to me: not so fetid.
"The Healthy Life, Vol. V, Nos. 24-28" by Various
Absolutely nothing on your person gives offense, either in newness or oldness.
"The Golden Censer" by John McGovern
In the two former battles we were on the defensive; this time we shall be on the offensive.
"At Ypres with Best-Dunkley" by Thomas Hope Floyd
The discharge is profuse, thin, acrid, and offensive, and consists of pus, broken-down blood-clot, and sloughs.
"Manual of Surgery" by Alexis Thomson and Alexander Miles
Foster Sanford considers him one of the greatest offensive centers that ever played.
"Football Days" by William H. Edwards
But the violence of the Verdun offensive exceeded all expectations.
"Georges Guynemer" by Henry Bordeaux
There can be no question of an offensive on a large scale on the part of Russia.
"In the World War" by Count Ottokar Czernin
They, in fact, regarded the German cavalry skirmishing as a rather clumsy offensive.
"The Story of the Great War, Volume III (of 12)"
The world hears from the British public vague talk of some future offensive.
"Letters from France" by C. E. W. Bean
On June 21, 1903, he was discharged as recovered and returned to the Indian Territory to undergo trial for his offense.
"Studies in Forensic Psychiatry" by Bernard Glueck
GERMAN OFFENSIVE IN 1918.
"Kelly Miller's History of the World War for Human Rights" by Kelly Miller
It would be a deep offense to this friendly prince.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
If the offense is a minor one it can be tried by the justice of the peace.
"Government in the United States" by James Wilford Garner
These Socialists are as offensive and dishonest as any religious sect when brought into discussion.
"The Battle of The Press" by Theophila Carlile Campbell
Well, I suppose it can not when it is a matter of a serious offense.
"The Fourth Estate, vol. 2" by Armando Palacio Valdés
He pardoned all offenses against himself.
"Harper's New Monthly Magazine Vol. IV, No. 19, Dec 1851" by Various
However weak and humble any man may be, his honor is sacredly above offense.
"Abraham Lincoln's Cardinal Traits;" by Clark S. Beardslee
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In poetry:

"Haig's offensive has begun."
"Say not Haig's nor any other,
Since it is my one sweet son
In the gases' risk and smother.
"Any Mother" by Katharine Tynan
The sacred hot offensive frenzy,
The bitter, brutal toil of war
Will bind as one our generation -
An iron knot for evermore.
"Comrades In Arms" by Konstantin Simonov
Profounds of fire whose maelstroms froth
To gathered armies of offense;
Cohorts unweariable, immense,
And bulks wherewith the Dark is wroth;
"The Testimony of the Suns" by George Sterling
Bueno! We take no offense, sir; whatever
It please you to say, it becomes us, for Church sake,
To bear in peace. Yet, if you were kinder--
And less suspicious--
"Jack Of The Tules" by Francis Bret Harte
Eg. Since these nocturnall distillations
May be offensive to your health (sweet Rhodon)
I will be well contented to be gone,
Though wondrous loth from you to part so soone.
"Rhodon And Iris. Act IV" by Ralph Knevet
Christ Jesus lay in death's strong bands, for our offenses given;
But now at God's right hand He stands, and brings us life from heaven.
Wherefore let us joyful be, and sing to God right thankfully
Loud songs of Alleluia! Alleluia!
"Christ Jesus Lay In Death's Strong Bands" by Martin Luther

In news:

For an early season game, the offensive output was more like a championship game.
Thomas Aquinas offensive lineman Austin Bland commits to FAU.
Israel's offensive on Gaza, they said in a statement after an Arab League meeting in Cairo.
A fan called the Argyle basketball team "the new-school Hoosiers" because of the similarities in offensive pace and strategy between the Eagles and the famous movie characters.
Decker assuming bigger role in offense.
Penalties, especially on the offensive line, have left Cowboys at a loss .
Dolphins hire Brian Daboll to run offense.
Manuel feels at ease in offense.
As the Chicago Bears' defense terrorizes offenses around the N.F.L.
They have a really good offensive line – a young offensive line.
Although Caldwell is firmly in charge of the offense heading into his debut as offensive coordinator Sunday at M&T Bank Stadium against the.
New offensive coordinator Dirk Koetter has installed a more varied offense .
Unless the Ravens improve dramatically on offense , it's safe to assume they will interview candidates to become the team's offensive coordinator, including Jim Caldwell.
"Obviously, the Ravens offense is the Ravens offense ," Caldwell said.
Troy has had one of the nation's most productive offenses during Schlarman's term, ranking among the nation's top 26 in total offense in five of his six seasons at the school.
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In science:

The only way to overcome this problem is to bring all the posts under supervision of the blog moderator. But it totally contradicts with blogging concepts. In this paper, we have implemented an algorithm that would help to prevent the offensive entries from being posted.
Algorithm and Implementation of the Blog-Post Supervision Process
From the analysis of the result, we have shown that this approach can eliminate the chaotic situations in blogosphere at a great extent. Our experiment shows that about 90% of offensive posts can be detected and stopped from being published using this approach.
Algorithm and Implementation of the Blog-Post Supervision Process
Merriam-Webster) 25 forfeit ― to lose or lose the right to especially by some error, offense, or crime (ibid.) 26 Accountability can principally based on a cut-and-choose technique or a zero-knowledge proof (introduced in [4,5] respectively), as demonstrated by L.
A Revised Classification of Anonymity
Less than a year later, the counter offensive of the Soviet Army moved the frontier westward again and liberated the region, but Boris soon faced sadness again.
Classical Chaos and its Quantum Manifestations
Beyond the mathematical ideas explored, the book reflects many attitudes that were normative in Western society in the late nineteenth century, but that today are rejected as offensive and ill-informed.
A Collection of Exercises in Two-Dimensional Physics, Part 1
To theorists, it is particularly offensive due to the necessary smallness of the constant.
TASI Lectures on Dark Matter
The effect is more pronounced for minor offenses where the prior probability presumably plays a bigger role than the measurement .
Quantization of Prior Probabilities for Hypothesis Testing
GR is so highly considered amongst the scientific community that to suggest that its results could be derived in a different way is considered either laughable, or, sometimes, offensive.
Some Comments on the Tests of General Relativity
For example, instead of setting another segment for stack space we can hook important offensive API functions (e.g., VirtualAlloc, VirtualProtect) and test the stack pointer value there.
Security Mitigations for Return-Oriented Programming Attacks
Of course, we are still struggling with nonperturbative QCD but, obviously, we are in offensive phase, attacking a number of very difficult problems and making great progress in our understanding.
In combat with nonperturbative QCD
Why is punishment for offenses against interest prohibition limited to socalled ecclesiastical8 punishments.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
An offense against this prohibition need not damage any one else except for the fact that the owner of Ve by failing to live up to his duties fails to contribute to the best operation of society, a course of action that A owes to God.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
In other words any non-zero production of G results in an offense.
Dialectical Roots for Interest Prohibition Theory
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