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English adjective: offensive

1. offensive violating or tending to violate or offend against

SamplesViolative of the principles of liberty.
Considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity.




2. offensive for the purpose of attack rather than defense

SamplesOffensive weapons.

Similarantipersonnel, assaultive, attacking, hit-and-run, incursive, invading, invasive, marauding, on the offensive, predatory, raiding, tip-and-run

See alsoaggressive, hostile


3. offensive causing anger or annoyance

SamplesOffensive remarks.

Similarabusive, opprobrious, scurrilous

See alsodisrespectful, harmful

Attributedistastefulness, odiousness, offensiveness

Antonymsinoffensive, unoffending

4. offensive morally offensive

SamplesAn unsavory reputation.
An unsavory scandal.

Synonymsunsavory, unsavoury


Antonymssavory, savoury

5. offensive unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

SamplesOffensive odors.

Similarabhorrent, charnel, creepy, detestable, disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, foul, ghastly, ghoulish, hideous, horrid, horrific, loathly, loathsome, morbid, objectionable, obnoxious, obscene, outrageous, rank, repellant, repellent, repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, scrimy, sepulchral, skanky, verminous, wicked, yucky

See alsoevil, hateful, unpalatable, unpleasant

Attributedistastefulness, odiousness, offensiveness


6. offensive substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one

Samples`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'.


Antonymseuphemistic, inoffensive

7. offensive causing or able to cause nausea

SamplesA nauseating smell.
Nauseous offal.
A sickening stench.

Synonymsloathsome, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, sickening, vile



English noun: offensive

1. offensive (act) the action of attacking an enemy

Synonymsoffence, offense

Broader (hypernym)military operation, operation

Narrower (hyponym)counteroffensive, dirty war, push back, rollback

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