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  Definition of offensive
  1. the action of attacking an enemy
  2. of an offensive substitute for inoffensive terminology; "`nigger'' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American''"
  3. unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"
  4. morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"
  5. causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks"
  6. for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"
  7. violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
  8. causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"
Similar Words: offense, offence, dysphemistic, unsavory, unsavoury, violative, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, loathsome, sickening, vile

 

See Also: evil, wicked, hateful, unpalatable, unpleasant, disrespectful, harmful, aggressive, hostile

 

Hyponyms: counteroffensive, dirty war, rollback, push back

 

Attributes: offensiveness, odiousness, distastefulness

 

 
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