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But it is offensive to man, insulting to the atmosphere, and destructive of him who uses it.

But for the most part one side in battle is on the offensive; the other on the defensive.

After much exercitation the Germans determined to adhere to the offensive.

Discredited by lapse of time and offensive to the popular taste, as an old book.

Of all unbeautiful and inappropriate conceptions this is the most reasonless and offensive.

We are not all arrayed in two opposite ranks; the offensive and the defensive.

With this hurried adjuration, he cocked his blunderbuss, and stood on the offensive.

General Lee was encouraged to assume the offensive, and to invade Pennsylvania.

I think such a remark is offensive only when there is truth in it.

Your presence here is offensive to me and distressful to my niece.'

WORD ORIGIN

"attacking" (1540s), "insulting" (1570s), both from Middle French offensif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin offensivus, from Latin offens-, past participle stem of offendere "offend" (see offend). Related: Offensively; offensiveness.

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