Phrases with "offensive"

Rudyard Kipling Wilkie wasn’t as offensive to him as he’d been to me. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

I mean nothing offensive either to swells or to actors. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Walter Scott Weapons offensive and defensive, several of them of strange and newly-invented construction, were scattered about the tented apartment, or disposed upon the pillars which supported it. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

This bleating lamb calls himself the “Sacred Singer,” and has managed to get that pleasing title into the newspapers until it is become as offensive as himself. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Samuel Johnson In some places it has an offensive smell. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

We may admit that Gibbon was not without bias of another kind, and that his tone is often very offensive when he seeks to depreciate the evidence of the sufferings of the early confessors. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Each word uttered seems to begin with a T’hu or T’ha, producing a sound like that of spitting sharply at an offensive object. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Andrew Lang Defensive gear kept pace with offensive weapons. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

H. G. Wells His behaviour became offensive and obscene and he is under restraint. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Arnold Bennett The which was incomprehensible and offensive to Hilda. She was in a prison with her mother, and saw no method of escape, saw not so much as a locked door, saw nothing but blank walls. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

For a directer insult, an offensive gesture, one fierce word, he would have hammered the road with the Provost. But he was helpless before the bland, quivering lie. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Henry James She was as eccentric as Isabel had always supposed; and hitherto, whenever the girl had heard people described as eccentric, she had thought of them as offensive or alarming. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

George Meredith The “We are all of one family” was an offensive truism, of which Adela might justly complain. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Leon Trotsky Yudenich’s offensive was timed for a moment when we were desperately pressed on the other fronts. My Life by Leon Trotsky

They hoisted each other up on the wall, and sat there in a row being offensive until it was time for them to go to their beds. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

It was a disagreeable, an offensive word—a word, or rather an appellation, which the clever young doctor had not heard applied to himself for a good many years. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

Walter Scott To this custom contributed also the art of fencing, then cultivated as a new study in Italy and Spain, by which the sword became, at once, an offensive and defensive weapon. The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border by Walter Scott [1802-1803]

General Johnston withdrew Beauregard’s army to Corinth, in northern Mississippi, where he hoped so to recruit and equip it as to enable it to assume the offensive and retake the lost territory. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

Elizabeth Gaskell Besides, after Mr. Wilkins’s speeches that evening — but he was candid enough to acknowledge that, bad and offensive as they had been, if they had stood alone they might have been condoned. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

George Meredith He became frigid, he politely bowed: ‘Two, sir, if you haven’t the grace to withdraw the offensive term before it cools and can’t be obliterated. Diana of the Crossways by George Meredith [1885]

Charles Dickens Your presence here is offensive to me and distressful to my niece. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

H. Rider Haggard Indeed, in Kukuanaland, as among the Germans, the Zulus, and the Masai, every able-bodied man is a soldier, so that the whole force of the nation is available for its wars, offensive or defensive. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

Edward Bellamy No value of service is accepted as a set-off to boorish or offensive manners. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

The sinks on the landings smelled more offensive than ever in the midst of the darkness and stillness. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

Anthony Trollope His usual roar was not exactly that of a sucking-dove or a nightingale; but it was a good-humoured roar, not very offensive to any man, and apparently acceptable enough to some ladies. Tales of all countries by Anthony Trollope

Leon Trotsky Our offensive put the whole Cossack population on their feet. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Of course I refer to the ad pages; the rest of our exception is as offensive with pictures and scare heads as all the rest. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Anthony Trollope He had made himself very offensive to Roden at their last interview, and could see at a glance that Roden remembered it. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

Mark Twain They went away finally with a closing burst of ridicule and offensive epithets. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

Arnold Bennett He was in a state exceedingly offensive to the eye and to the nose. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

At that I became really angry, and instead of defending myself I assumed the offensive in my turn;—I forgot that he was Rosette’s brother, and I rushed at him as if he were my mortal enemy. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

Walter Scott Thus he spoke sometimes of the Chevalier, but never either of the Prince, which would have been sacrificing his own principles, or of the Pretender, which would have been offensive to those of others. Redgauntlet by Walter Scott [1824]

Is it possible that you intend to be offensive?” “Is it possible to be offensive to such as you?” “I, madam, am a gentleman, born and bred. The Crime and the Criminal by Richard Marsh [1897]

Jane Austen If, in the explanation of them, which is due to myself, I am under the necessity of relating feelings which may be offensive to yours, I can only say that I am sorry. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Walter Scott I was compelled to glide as gently away from each offensive topic, as if I touched red hot iron. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

Joseph Furphy In his conversation he employed the Armagh accent with such slavish fidelity as to make it evident that he regarded any other form of speech as showing culpable ignorance or offensive affectation. Such is Life by Joseph Furphy

The impetus of the rush carried Scevola several yards down the hill, before he could turn round and assume an offensive attitude. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

H. G. Wells He found that offensive word beating upon his mind. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Sir Walter Scott In his girdle he wore a long and double-edged dagger, which was the only offensive weapon about his person. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

Henry Kingsley Not offensive ones, on my honour. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Anthony Trollope But though a vain man, Sir Lionel was too clever to let his vanity show itself in an offensive manner. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Leslie Stephen Warburton loved paradoxes, and delighted in brandishing them in the most offensive terms. Alexander Pope by Leslie Stephen [1880]

G. K. Chesterton But there is a way of despising the dandelion which is not that of the dreary pessimist, but of the more offensive optimist. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Samuel Johnson In his economy he practised a peculiar and offensive parsimony, without disguise or apology. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Sir Walter Scott He was above the middle size, and of strength sufficient to bear with ease the weight of his weapons, offensive and defensive. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Theodore Dreiser Her easy gait and idle manner attracted attention of an offensive but common sort. Sister Carrie by Theodore Dreiser

Charles Stur Water still remained, but it was horridly thick, and in the morning smelt so offensive that it was loathsome to ourselves and the animals. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

H. G. Wells Others offensive in themselves were a necessary irreplaceable food to pleasant and desirable creatures. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

T. E. Lawrence Our third resource to ruin their offensive was to hinder the railway, whose need would make them split up the striking force on defensive duties. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Anthony Trollope Seeing that he accepted money for the cure of such, he should, we may say, have cured them without an offensive manner. Doctor Thorne by Anthony Trollope

What such an offensive loafer . The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

Jack London He was not prone to rashness and precipitate action; and in the bitter hatred between him and Spitz he betrayed no impatience, shunned all offensive acts. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Other slanders of an even more offensive nature got abroad. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

The idea of resuming the offensive after she had been forced to act on the defensive for months past pleased her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

G. K. Chesterton Indeed, I do not know whether the Jingo or the Pacifist found us the more offensive and objectionable. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

The yard was full of cross, tired workmen, untidy cooks, and washer-women, and every evening I saw disgusting sights so offensive to me that I wished that I was blind. In the World by Maksim Gorky

All faces glowed in an aureole of animation, but none grew angry, no one spoke the harsh, offensive words so familiar to her. Mother by Maksim Gorky

M. P. Shiel The air was heavy and hot, moist, noisome, an offensive smell pervading the place; but, tired of their night’s effort and failure, the two fell down and slept soundly. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

His appeal for alms falls not more vexingly upon the ear than his offensive personality smites hard upon the eye. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Amarig, Bernard, Hugo, and Anselm Were there, with thousands more, whose tongues were helm, Shield, sword, and spear, all their offensive arms, And their defensive to prevent their harms. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

The opportunity to get rid of an offensive Federal official must of course be very tempting, and after all the shooting was a trifle hasty and not altogether justifiable. “Way Down in Alabam” by Ambrose Bierce [1903]

The very least that one can do for the offensive needy is to direct them to the nearest clothier. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Theodore Dreiser His big hands and feet indicated a day when he had not worn the best English cloth suits and tanned leather, but his presence was not in any way offensive — rather the other way about. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

To the warnings of the righteous they oppose an offensive pretence of disbelief. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

John, with his hands in his pockets, strutted across the yard, still watching Gilmour with that silent, offensive look. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

H. G. Wells He was interviewed briefly by a young man dressed and speaking with offensive precision, whose eye adhered rigidly to the waterproof collar throughout the interview. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

Anthony Trollope But, nevertheless, she felt that the language which this man had used to her would be offensive to her husband if he knew that it had been used when they two were alone together. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

Helen Zimmern A more vulgar or common-place writer would have represented him as an offensive hypocrite. Maria Edgeworth by Helen Zimmern

Sinclair Lewis Cy could not have returned the bottle; he came staggering toward her — taking time to make himself offensive to every girl on the way and to dance a jig. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope It contained a recommendation with reference to the slave question most offensive to a part of the cabinet, and to the majority of Mr. Lincoln’s party. North America by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It is generally considered an offensive thing for a gentleman to keep his seat while another is kept standing before him, and we presume the same law holds with regard to ladies. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall Mrs. Breakspeare had shaken her head over Mary, but in these harassed days of the German offensive she could not afford to remain shorthanded, so in spite of many misgivings she had kept her. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

Leon Trotsky There is only a short time left for an offensive before the roads become impassable either by foot or by horse. My Life by Leon Trotsky

F. Scott Fitzgerald A listless band played a tango and a dozen couples covered the wide floor with those elaborate and dainty steps so offensive to the American eye. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Therefore, on putting his foot on board his vessel, moored within cannon-shot of the island, the captain of the musketeers had already got together all his means, offensive and defensive. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

Anthony Trollope If aught were required from her in her present task that might be offensive to Mr. Morton — anything that was peremptorily demanded for the effort — she would not scruple to offend the man. The American Senator by Anthony Trollope

Robert Louis Stevenson Sure, an offensive expression, however vivacious, appears a wonderfully small affair in circumstances so extreme! But here there is a strange thing to be noted. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Rudyard Kipling You could not be offensive or partisan to me. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Henry Handel Richardson The least he could have done, said Richard, was to ride out and make up for his offensive behaviour of the night before. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

If, on the contrary, the vulture be empty at the time you commence the operation, there will be no offensive smell, but a strong scent of musk. Wanderings in South America by Charles Waterton [1825]

Thomas Paine If there is a sin superior to every other, it is that of wilful and offensive war. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Sinclair Lewis It was to be mysteriously unable ever to take a bath, so that you were more offensive than the animals who clean themselves. Kingsblood Royal by Sinclair Lewis

E. Phillips Oppenheim If your plan of the British offensive in the North Sea and the Mediterranean has already been delivered I must change my scheme. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

Leon Trotsky On the morning of the fifth I met Lenin. The offensive by the masses had been beaten off. My Life by Leon Trotsky

There is room also for many introductions: but goaty ramminess is offensive in over-crowded companies. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

To aim at succinctness and brevity merely, as some teach, is to practice a kind of quackery almost as offensive as the charlatanry of rhetoric. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Arnold Bennett He was a horrible and offensive old man. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Thomas Hardy Reason was powerless now; he must see her — right or wrong, fair or unfair to Manston — offensive to her brother or no. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Anthony Trollope When we go among garlic eaters, we condemn them because they are offensive to us; but to judge of them properly we should ascertain whether or no the garlic be offensive to them. North America by Anthony Trollope

He contented himself with his wife’s promise that she would never again present that offensive view of the case, and she did not remain without a certain support in his sturdy self-assertion. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

The Christian belfry which continues it is not in offensive discord with the structure below; its other difference in form and spirit achieves an impossible harmony. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

He did not perceive how cruel and offensive was his persistence. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, at least you are better than that herd of swine in Vienna, whose gregarious grunt is, however, not more offensive than the isolated effort of the British hog. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Henry James She became on the spot indifferent to her usual fear of showing what in children was notoriously most offensive — presented to her companion, soundlessly but hideously, her wet distorted face. What Maisie Knew by Henry James [1897]

By this means the two confederates for offensive measures were enabled the more securely to begin their concerted operations. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Charles Dickens For the most part, they are unventilated and dirty; and, to the reeking walls, putrid fat and other offensive animal matter clings with a tenacious hold. Reprinted Pieces by Charles Dickens [1850]

Leslie Stephen Jacobitism was becoming a sham, and therefore offensive to men of insight into facts. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

H. Rider Haggard But either the owl was a real one this time, or else the Masai were themselves too miserable to think of offensive operations, which, indeed, they rarely, if ever, undertake in bush veldt. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Here the pus was extremely offensive when evacuated, and exhibited vibros under the microscope. On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery by Joseph Lister [1867]

Olaf Stapledon This time the offensive went on and on. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope So they sat silent, and he was rejoiced when he saw those offensive words, Popham Villa, on the posts of his gateway. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

And from all this dirty linen which they were throwing about there issued an offensive odor in the warm atmosphere. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

E. F. Benson They would have thought it tremendous larks, and would have invented some wonderful offensive with fire-irons and golf-clubs and dumb-bells. Queen Lucia by E. F. Benson [1920]

Arthur Machen I did not suspect him for a moment of leg-pulling of an offensive and vicious kind. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

My words about Yevgeny Nikolaitch uttered casually and in jest you have taken in quite a wrong sense, and have ascribed to them a meaning deeply offensive to me. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

Kate Chopin He at once explained that the black woman’s offensive conduct was all due to imperfect training, as he was not there to take her in hand. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Maxim Gorky General Kornet’s widow took a dislike to the girls and tried to get rid of them by doing every kind of offensive thing to them. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

Leon Trotsky A point of view that the war which began as one of defense should be turned into an offensive and revolutionary war began to grow and acquire strength. My Life by Leon Trotsky

George Meredith More offensive than debris of a midnight banquet! An American tour is instructive, though not so romantic. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

As he sipped his sherry and selected a cigarette from the box, I anticipated his offensive and took the initiative. Mr Polton Explains by R. Austin Freeman [1940]

Nobody questioned me, nobody showed offensive curiosity; everybody was polite and gentle and took me utterly for granted. The Road to Wigan Pier by George Orwell [1937]

Rudyard Kipling I say, Scree, was Wilkie always as offensive as he is?’ ‘Pretty nearly. Limits and Renewals by Rudyard Kipling [1932]

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle From his manner it struck me that he was in mortal dread of something or somebody, but when I questioned him upon the point he became so offensive that I was compelled to drop the subject. The Memoirs of Sherlock Holmes by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle [1894]

Algernon Blackwood The official, as a natural result, became still more suspicious and, of course, offensive too. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

After a pause, she addressed Priday more conversationally: “So you know nothing about the East Room?” “There’s no ‘so’ about it,” was the blunt, though not offensive reply. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

Anthony Trollope In expressing such an opinion, however, I am far from wishing to utter anything which may be irritating or offensive to your feelings. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Marie Corelli The other evening at the Club that little Vicomte de Lorgne was chattering in his usual offensive manner about women, and Leigh astonished everyone by the way in which he pulled him up. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

Discredited by lapse of time and offensive to the popular taste, as an old book. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

John Galsworthy The morning papers on the following day were buoyant with the news that the German offensive against the French had been stopped and that the French and Americans had broken through. On Forsyte ’Change by John Galsworthy

All critics are agreed that this book contains passages offensive to delicacy, and some say to morality. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Arthur Morrison Indeed, the Perkins demeanor began to change for the worse, to be significant of a miserly retirement and an offensive alienation from the rest of the street. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

T. E. Lawrence The German offensive in France was stripping him of troops. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Richard Burton I have, however, seen, in not a few instances, pert and offensive “pugs. Personal Narrative of a Pilgrimage to Al-Madinah and Meccah by Richard Burton

Wilkie Collins No offensive weapon being found in his pockets, they allowed him to sit down unmolested in the nearest chair. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Arthur Morrison The air was offensive with the characteristic smell of Weech’s — the smell of stale pickles. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Walter Scott An embroidered girdle sustained, in lieu of offensive weapons, an inkhorn with its appurtenances on the one side, on the other a knife for the purposes of the table. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

Charles Dickens The many gas eyes of the Marine Parade twinkle in an offensive manner, as if with derision. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

George Gissing Fadge is an offensive fellow, when he likes; and I fancy he very often does like. New Grub Street by George Gissing [1891]

Leslie Stephen His absurd vanity, and the greedy craving for notoriety at any cost, would have made Boswell the most offensive of mortals, had not his unfeigned good-humour disarmed enmity. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

Jonathan Swift We have made two alliances with Portugal, an offensive and defensive: the first is to remain in force only during the present war; the second to be perpetual. On the Conduct of the Allies by Jonathan Swift [1711]

Thomas Paine But the most offensive falsehood in the paragraph is the attributing the prosperity of America to a wrong cause. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Elizabeth Gaskell But she would sulk for hours after Mrs. Bullock’s offensive praise of her good points. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

He would never be offensive to you or any one. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

Anthony Trollope There had not been another word between her and her husband as to the manner in which the thing was to be done, and she had determined that the offensive word should pass altogether out of her memory. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Jules Verne Before the man could reply, a fresh agitation arose; hurrahs and excited shouts were heard; the staffs of the banners began to be used as offensive weapons; and fists flew about in every direction. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Nellie Bly There is no sitting for hours, as is often the case in English trains, face to face and knees to knees with a stranger, offensive or otherwise, as he may chance to be. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Anthony Trollope Fond as I am of Miss Effingham, I cannot justify her, and must acknowledge that she used the most offensive phrase she could find, on purpose to annoy her aunt. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

Samuel Johnson It must be observed that he is stained with no enormous or sanguinary crimes, so that his licentiousness is not so offensive but that it may be borne for his mirth. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

Anthony Trollope Gratitude is almost as offensive as pity. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Frij piped, but no guns fired; and as he asked the reason why he was told it would be offensive to say we were glad he was going. The Discovery of the Source of the Nile by John Hanning Speke [1863]

Victor Hugo The problem was to turn that human rock from a defensive to an offensive state. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

Anthony Trollope Of course I understand perfectly —” “You understand what, Lily?” But she had stopped herself, fearing that she might say that which would be offensive to him if she continued. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Sir Walter Scott But it once or twice happened that the aristocratic pride of the far-descended knight took a flight too offensive to the feelings of the representative of the typographer. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

Thomas Paine But I will go still further; General Conway, who made the motion, in the British Parliament, for discontinuing offensive war in America, is a gentleman of an amiable character. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Anthony Trollope They would have declared that family pride was her daily pabulum, and she herself would have said so too, calling it, however, by some less offensive name. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Isabella Bird The institutions of the States do not date from the military ages of the world, and the Federal Constitution has made no provision for offensive war. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

Robert Louis Stevenson This last part will be much less offensive (strange to say) to the Germans. It is Becker they will never forgive me for; Knappe I pity and do not dislike; Becker I scorn and abominate. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Why do you gasp? You don’t suppose I should be afraid of getting married? That supposition would be offensive . Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

James Payn Against this healthy animalism we protest, by calling it rude health; and to those who are of a less powerful constitution, it is naturally an offensive spectacle. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

They (the Government) are preparing a counter-revolution; and we shall answer with an offensive which will be merciless and decisive. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Arthur Conan Doyle It was only when she saw him turbulent in controversy, violent to pressmen, and generally offensive to those around him, that she felt he was really in a fair way to recovery. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

It causes a great nausea in the stomach, if even the slave touches the cup with greasy hands, while he licks up snacks, or if offensive grime has adhered to the ancient goblet. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

H. G. Wells Some mile or so of ground had been gained in that July offensive and less than 12,000 prisoners had been taken. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

Jackies for Sailors. Vulgar, and especially offensive to seamen. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Goldwin Smith Yet in these letters there is hardly a touch of offensive egotism. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Anthony Trollope Herbert had not been rusticated; had not got into debt, at least not to an extent that had been offensive to his father’s pocket; he had not been plucked. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

It was not an offensive pride — quite the contrary: and with those they knew well they were cordial and free. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

Thomas Paine It is tedious and unmeaning, and only a repetition of your former follies, with here and there an offensive aggravation. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Sir,” he concluded with chilling austerity, “I infer from their proverb that your countrymen are the most offensive blockheads in existence. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Arthur Conan Doyle So offensive was her manner during that last day, that I should certainly have left had it not been for that interview with my host in the evening which would, I hoped, retrieve my broken fortunes. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

George Gissing Do get into some less offensive connection. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Wilkie Collins He was a mild, gentlemanlike man, looking like a foreigner, and his interest in our proceedings was not expressed in anything approaching to an offensive manner. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

Henry James But he had lowered his tone to friendly pleading, and the offensive word was mitigated by his smile. The Bostonians by Henry James [1886]

Leon Trotsky The third conflict of a strategic nature arose in connection with Yudenich’s offensive against Petrograd. This incident was described in an earlier chapter, and need not be gone over again. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Arthur Conan Doyle My knowledge on these subjects may be second only to your own, but I certainly shall not answer questions which have been put in so offensive a way. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

Jules Verne He perceived the danger; he tried to retake the offensive and regain the lost ground. Eight Hundred Leagues on the Amazon by Jules Verne [1881]

Thomas Hardy His clacker he had by this time thrown away from him, as being a mean and sordid instrument, offensive both to the birds and to himself as their friend. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

H. G. Wells But there you are! The fighting is going on already; the old order takes the defensive — offensive defensive — and men are being hunted and wounded and killed in the name of nations and tyrannies. Meanwhile by H. G. Wells [1927]

George Gissing A silly woman, but scarcely an offensive one; probably in intimacy capable of making herself delightful and something more. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

The standard of reputability requires that dress should show wasteful expenditure; but all wastefulness is offensive to native taste. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

He sent the boy to the White Fathers in Malacca. This was not a very expensive sort of education, but she could not forgive him for not casting the offensive child away utterly. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

The offensive tone in question is confined to these two chapters. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Indeed, his coldness was so offensive that many times Robert half thought he must have some suspicion about him, though how that could be, Robert could not imagine. The House with the High Wall by Arthur Gask [1948]

I called to speak to Lord Thralldom and sent in my card, but he refused to see me and I was informed to that effect in an offensive message by the mouth of the same footman. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

But even as he went, he was meditating a prompt, offensive return. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

H.P. Lovecraft At first all that Lake found was dry, but as the heated tent produced its thawing effect, organic moisture of pungent and offensive odor was encountered toward the thing’s uninjured side. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

S.E. — O, O! P.C. —(Reads.) “It was the last night of the year — a naughty, noxious, offensive night. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

I don’t mean it in an offensive sense. Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

The egoistic nations to the north and the south of us entered into an offensive and defensive alliance to put down, the new altruistic commonwealth, and declared war against us. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

It is offensive to his feelings, to his self-respect; it is something he will not do if he can get anybody else to do it for him. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Living in such a place damned you even in the eyes of Lambeth Cut. Women sniffed when you passed them, men took an offensive interest in you. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Jane Austen There is always something offensive in the details of cunning. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

George Gissing Side by side they walked in quick step, as to the beating of a drum; eyes direct, as looking along a barrel, ears pricked for the millionth echo of an offensive remark. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

From passive loyalty to the Revolution the Cossacks have passed to an active political offensive (against it). Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Rudyard Kipling He got his leave, and that night at Mess was noisier and more offensive than ever. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

Edith Wharton And he was fixed in his resolve to withdraw absolutely from Westmore if the statement he had to make to Mr. Langhope was received with the least hint of an offensive mental reservation. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

H.P. Lovecraft There were even bold souls who proposed an offensive expedition down in the glen, though they did not venture to set an actual example to the still reluctant majority. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Theodore Dreiser Your manner is offensive to me. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

One is sorry to be offensive to a good man. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

Anthony Trollope This carelessness on such matters was very offensive to Mr Dobbes, who loved discipline and exactitude. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

They fell ill as often as ever, upsetting their stomachs with offensive poisons, and giv — ing one another detailed accounts of the progress of their illnesses. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Wilkie Collins His politeness was (if possible) even more offensive than his insolence. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

If the girl were not so offensive to his fastidiousness, there might be some hope that she was not so offensive as Mrs. Corey had thought. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

And yet amongst this infinite number of globes there was not the least glaring or offensive light, but only what was agreeable to the people themselves. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Anthony Trollope If soot be thrown at a chimney-sweeper the joke is innocent, but very offensive when it is thrown at you. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

Edith Wharton Was it possible that he had ever thought leniently of the egregious Popple? The tone of social omniscience which he had once found so comic was now as offensive to him as a coarse physical touch. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

Her remarks were often most offensive and odious in the mouth of a woman of her age. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

On this Ibsen presently acted in a manner very offensive to Björnson. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

Wilkie Collins He burst out with an oath; and added the in tolerable question, already three times repeated by others: “How did you get here?” The tone was even more offensive than the oath. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

H. G. Wells It would have saved multitudes of casualties and greatly facilitated the opening phases of the Allied offensive in 1918. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells