French translation of 'offensive'
1. [remark, gesture, behaviour, show, film] offensant(e)
to be offensive to sb être offensant envers qnsee also offensive material
2. [smell] très déplaisant(e)
3. (Military) [operations, action] offensif/ive
4. (= attacking) [team, play] offensif/ive
(= attack) offensive f
a two-week military offensive une offensive militaire de deux semaines
to go on the offensive passer à l’offensive
to take the offensive (figurative) passer à l’offensive
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Example Sentences Including 'offensive'
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A diplomatic offensive was no longer thought enough.The Collins History of the World in the 20th Century (1994)
It was an offensive of little military importance but one which clearly underlined the socio-economic motives of the Nationalist war effort.The Spanish Civil War: Reaction, Revolution and Revenge (2006 (1986))
The belief in the necessity for an all-out offensive has been replaced by much more limited aims.NATO&apos;s Changing Strategic Agenda (1990)
He hits me with a charm offensive.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
So at least they found one offensive tool during the raid.The Sun (2010)
The idea that they might be directly used for political gain is something more offensive.Times, Sunday Times (2010)
He has received more opportunities this season and is back scoring tries but still, King has gone for his perceived failure to find that offensive spark.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
The first thing was to stay calm and get more energy in the offensive attack.The Sun (2012)
There is still room for improvement but we are showing a better offensive style of play.The Sun (2017)
To call the worst of his conduct grotesquely offensive amounts to leniency.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
We will see more when they play offensive football.The Sun (2011)
The French capital has launched yet another charm offensive to woo tourists.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
And it is ridiculous because the site has taken down the offensive comments and begged members not to make any more.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Britain is stepping up its cyber defences as the Government acknowledged for the first time yesterday its ability to launch offensive cyber operations.Times, Sunday Times (2013)
But he also pledged to launch an offensive against big business.Times, Sunday Times (2015)
By all means take some action to curtail offensive activity.Times, Sunday Times (2006)
Khartoum launched a fresh offensive in West Darfur last week.Times, Sunday Times (2008)
Obviously we have to be balanced but the philosophy is to play offensive football.The Sun (2008)
She finds it offensive she is contributing to the fine.Times, Sunday Times (2012)
She's been on the charm offensive and it's finally worked.The Sun (2017)
They are all attacking, offensive and quick players.The Sun (2008)
I didn't find it offensive.Times, Sunday Times (2016)
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'offensive' in Other Languages
British English: offensive /əˈfɛnsɪv/ ADJECTIVE
Something that is offensive upsets or embarrasses people because it is rude or insulting.
...an offensive remark.
- American English: offensive
- Arabic: مُسِيءٌ
- Brazilian Portuguese: ofensivo
- Chinese: 无礼的
- Croatian: uvredljiv
- Czech: urážlivý
- Danish: fornærmende
- Dutch: kwetsend
- European Spanish: ofensivo
- Finnish: vastenmielinen
- French: offensif
- German: widerlich
- Greek: προσβλητικός
- Italian: offensivo
- Japanese: 嫌な
- Korean: 불쾌하게 하는
- Norwegian: offensiv
- Polish: cuchnący
- European Portuguese: ofensivo
- Romanian: ofensator
- Russian: оскорбительный
- Spanish: ofensivo
- Swedish: anstötlig
- Thai: ซึ่งทำให้ขุ่นเคือง
- Turkish: saldırgan
- Ukrainian: образливий
- Vietnamese: khó chịu
British English: offensive NOUN
A military offensive is a carefully planned attack made by a large group of soldiers.
Its latest military offensive against rebel forces is aimed at re-opening important trade routes.
Translation of offensive from the Collins English to French Dictionary