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adjective American English pronunciation: offensive /əˈfensɪv/
  1. 1
    unpleasant or insulting, and likely to make people upset or embarrassed

    books containing offensive language

    offensive odors

    There were complaints that the advertisement was offensive to women.

  2. 2
    [only before noun] involved in scoring points

    offensive players

    an offensive lineman

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