offensive etymology

French word offensive comes from Latin ob, Latin ob- (Towards; against.), Latin fendo, 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).
ob- Latin (lat) Towards; against.
fendo Latin (lat)
*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.
offendre Old French (fro) To attack. To offend.
offensive French (fra) An offensive (military attack).

Words with the same origin as offensive

Descendants of ob
occasion occident occidental occire occis occlure occlusion occupation occuper occupé occurrence occurrent offrir offusquer oppresser oublie oublée préoccuper ôter
Descendants of ob-
objet obligation obligatoire obliger obligé obscur observateur observation observer obstacle obsèques obtempérer obtenir obtus opportun oublier préoccupant préoccupation
Descendants of fendo
manifeste