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offensive [1].

[sup.1]of*fen*sive

Pronunciation: \[schwa]-'fen-siv\

adjective

1 : causing displeasure or resentment <an offensive smell> <an offensive question>

2 : of or relating to the attempt to score in a game or contest <the offensive team>

3 : made for or relating to an attack <offensive weapons> <an offensive strategy>

of*fen*sive*ly adverb

of*fen*sive*ness noun

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Date:Jan 1, 2009
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