offensive etymology

English word offensive comes from Latin ob, Latin fendo, Latin ob- (Towards; against.), Latin *fendere

Detailed word origin of offensive

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
ob Latin (lat) Against; facing. In the direction of, to, towards. On account of, according to, because of, due to, for (the purpose of).
fendo Latin (lat)
ob- Latin (lat) Towards; against.
*fendere Latin (lat)
offendo Latin (lat) An offence. (figuratively) I suffer damage, receive an injury.. I fail, am unfortunate.. I find fault, take offence.. I hit, thrust, strike.. I meet, encounter (someone).. I shock, vex, offend, mortify.. I stumble, blunder, commit offence.
offensivus Malayalam (mal)
offensif Middle French (frm)
offensive English (eng) (team, _, sports) Having to do with play directed at scoring.. Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred.. Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive. (countable, military) An attack.. (uncountable) The posture of attacking or being able to attack.

Words with the same origin as offensive

Descendants of ob
occasion occasional occupation occupational occupy occurrence offend offender offer oppose oppression pose
Descendants of fendo
Descendants of ob-
bob object objection objective obligation oblige oblivion obscure observation observe obsessive obsolete obstacle obtain obvious occur opportunity