[ UK /əfˈɛnsɪvli/ ]
[ US /əˈfɛnsɪvɫi/ ]
  1. in an unpleasantly offensive manner
    he smelled offensively unwashed
  2. in an aggressive manner
    the admiral intends to act offensively in the Mediterranean
    `In this crisis, we must act offensively,' the President said
  3. in an obnoxious manner
    he said so in one of his more offensively intellectually arrogant sentences
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How To Use offensively In A Sentence

  • The appreciation for and tolerance of being called the N-word by anyone and for whatever reason, is tantamount to accepting the moniker of monkey, baboon or some other primate to which Blacks have offensively been compared.
  • He's a workhorse on a team that plays hard defensively, but provides little cushion offensively.
  • With computer systems being insecure, governments lax, people untrustworthy and buyable, putting this kind of very personal, very important, very vulnerable information into the hands of people only because it's a nice revenue stream is offensively stupid.
  • I presume the aim is to provide an atmosphere that is inoffensively opulent, timeless and bland, so that nothing distracts you from thinking about the sensation in your mouth.
  • It was a pallid-eyed youth of eighteen in overalls who received Michael, receipted for him to the expressman, and carried his crate into a slope-floored concrete room that smelled offensively and chemically clean. CHAPTER XXIV
  • Offensively, I'm going to run the floor and try to outwork my man.
  • The whole experience was offensively inoffensive - mechanically brilliant but creatively dead.
  • You have two defensive tricks, but a bare hand offensively. Times, Sunday Times
  • Fordyce has struggled offensively all season but is signed for two more years.
  • Without body and sufficient fruit flavors, Sauvignon blanc wines from the Loire Valley are offensively vegetal and aggressively acidic.
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