US: /əˈfɛnsɪv/
UK: /əfˈɛnsɪv/

English Vietnamese dictionary

offensive /ə'fensiv/
  • danh từ
    • sự tấn công; cuộc tấn công; thế tấn công
      • to take the offensive: tấn công
      • to hold the offensive: giữ thế tấn công
  • tính từ
    • xúc phạm, làm mất lòng; làm nhục, sỉ nhục
      • offensive language: lời nói xỉ nhục
    • chướng tai gai mắt, khó chịu; hôi hám; gớm guốc, tởm
      • an offensive smell: mùi khó chịu
    • tấn công, công kích
      • an offensive compaign: chiến dịch tấn công

Advanced English dictionary

adjective, noun
+ adjective
1 ~ (to sb) rude in a way that causes you to feel upset, insulted or annoyed: offensive behaviour / remarks + His comments were deeply offensive to a large number of single mothers. + The programme contains language which some viewers may find offensive.
2 (formal) extremely unpleasant: an offensive smell
3 [only before noun] connected with the act of attacking sb/sth: an offensive war + offensive action + He was charged with carrying an offensive weapon.
4 (AmE, sport) connected with the team that has control of the ball; connected with the act of scoring points: offensive play
offensively adverb: He later apologized for speaking offensively about the Queen. + (AmE) The team needs to be encouraged to play more offensively.
offensiveness noun [U]
+ noun
1 a military operation in which large numbers of soldiers, etc. attack another country: an air / a bombing offensive + The final offensive was launched on January 10.
2 a series of actions aimed at achieving sth in a way that attracts a lot of attention: The government has launched a new offensive against crime. + a sales offensive + The public seems unconvinced by their latest charm offensive (= their attempt to make people like them).
Idioms: be on the offensive to be attacking sb/sth rather than waiting for them to attack you: The Scots were on the offensive for most of the game. + The government is very much on the offensive in the fight against drugs.
go on (to) the offensive
take the offensive to start attacking sb/sth before they start attacking you

Thesaurus dictionary

1 antagonistic, hostile, contentious, quarrelsome, attacking, aggressive, threatening, provocative, combative, martial, belligerent, warlike, bellicose:
The minute the enemy made an offensive move, we attacked.
2 insulting, rude, disrespectful, uncivil, insolent, discourteous, impolite, unmannerly, impertinent, impudent, objectionable, displeasing:
Nigel has been asked to leave because of his offensive behaviour.
3 disgusting, unsavoury, unpalatable, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, noxious, obnoxious, repugnant, repulsive, repellent, revolting, abominable, foul, loathsome, vile, sickening, fetid or foetid, rank, malodorous, mephitic, putrid, putrescent, putrefying, rancid, rotten:
An offensive stench emanated from the stagnant pond.
4 attack, offence:
At last, our team was on the offensive.
5 attack, onslaught, drive, assault, offence, push:
The offensive to capture the arsenal will be launched at dawn tomorrow.

Collocation dictionary


all-out, full-scale, major | army, guerrilla, military, terrorist | air, bombing | ground | diplomatic, government


launch, mount | be on, go on, take
She took the offensive, challenging her critics to prove their allegations.


~ against
The government is launching an all-out offensive against the drug cartels


appear, be, seem | become | consider sth, deem sth, find sth, think sth
He's always making rude remarks about women. I find that deeply offensive.


deeply, downright, extremely, grossly, highly, very | quite, rather | deliberately


This sort of attitude is very offensive to black people.

Concise English dictionary

+the action of attacking an enemy
+violating or tending to violate or offend against
+for the purpose of attack rather than defense
+causing anger or annoyance
+morally offensive
+unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
+of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology
+causing or able to cause nausea