Whether they will now be able to organize their fighters and go on the offensive remains an open question.
But now it was Romney, the former frontrunner, on the offensive, and Gingrich trying to brush off his attacks.
It may be the air war alone that opened the way for the recent Kurdish offensive or it may be the presence of elite ground forces.
They say they have no choice but to go on the offensive, given the danger his accusations present to their work.
The schools absolutely should express their discontent with the offensive tweets.
In bad cases the discharge drops from the ears, emitting a most offensive odour.
But for the most part one side in battle is on the offensive; the other on the defensive.
But he bore weapons, offensive and defensive, sufficient to indicate the most desperate intentions.
After much exercitation the Germans determined to adhere to the offensive.
It would be easy to show wherein he is offensive, not to say disgusting; but we are not so disposed.
"attacking" (1540s), "insulting" (1570s), both from Middle French offensif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin offensivus, from Latin offens-, past participle stem of offendere "offend" (see offend). Related: Offensively; offensiveness.
"condition of attacking, aggressive action," 1720, from offensive (adj.).