Whether they will now be able to organize their fighters and go on the offensive remains an open question.
Suppose the “best” football player was an offensive lineman for Youngstown State?
But now it was Romney, the former frontrunner, on the offensive, and Gingrich trying to brush off his attacks.
"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.).