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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.


Synonymsviolative


Similaroffending


Antonymsunoffending

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


Antonymsdefensive

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


Similarodoriferous


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


Antonymsinoffensive

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


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


Synonymsdysphemistic


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


Similarunwholesome


Antonymswholesome


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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