offensive

1. adjective
1)

offensive remarks

Syn:
insulting, insolent, derogatory, disrespectful, hurtful, wounding, abusive; annoying, exasperating, irritating, galling, provocative, outrageous; rude, impertinent, discourteous, uncivil, impolite; crude, vulgar, coarse, improper, indecent; formal exceptionable
Ant:
complimentary, polite, courteous
2)

an offensive smell

Syn:
unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, distasteful, displeasing, objectionable, off-putting, awful, terrible, dreadful, frightful, obnoxious, abominable, disgusting, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, abhorrent, loathsome, detestable, odious, vile, foul, sickening, nauseating; informal ghastly, horrible, horrid, gross, putrid, godawful, beastly; literary noisome, mephitic
Ant:
pleasant, delightful
3)

an offensive air strike

Syn:
hostile, attacking, aggressive, invading, incursive, combative, belligerent, on the attack
Ant:
defensive
2. noun

a military offensive

Syn:
attack, assault, onslaught, drive, invasion, push, thrust, charge, sortie, sally, foray, raid, incursion, offense, blitz, campaign
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offensive, abhorrent, abominable, detestable, odious, repugnant
Looking for just the right word to express your dislike, distaste, disgust, or aversion to something? Offensive is a relatively mild adjective, used to describe anyone or anything that is unpleasant or disagreeable (she found his remarks offensive; the offensive sight of garbage piled in the alley). If you want to express strong dislike for someone or something that deserves to be disliked, use detestable (a detestable man who never had a kind word for anyone). If something is so offensive that it provokes a physical as well as a moral or intellectual response, use odious (the odious treatment of women during the war in Bosnia), and if you instinctively draw back from it, use repugnant (the very thought of piercing one's nose was repugnant to her). If your repugnance is extreme, go one step further and use abhorrent (an abhorrent act that could not go unpunished). Persons and things that are truly loathsome or terrifying can be called abominable (an abominable act of desecration; the abominable snowman), although this word is often used as an overstatement to mean "awful" (abominable taste in clothes).

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  • offensive — [ ɔfɑ̃siv ] n. f. • 1587; de offensif 1 ♦ Action d attaquer l ennemi, en prenant l initiative des opérations. ⇒ attaque. Prendre, reprendre l offensive. Passer à l offensive. Une offensive : attaque d envergure, exécutée à l échelon d une grande… …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • offensive# — offensive adj 1 attacking, aggressive (see under ATTACK n) Analogous words: invasive, incursive (see corresponding nouns at INVASION): assaulting, assailing, attacking, bombarding, storming (see ATTACK vb) 2 Offensive, loathsome, repulsive,… …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • Offensive — Of*fen sive, a. [Cf. F. offensif. See {Offend}.] [1913 Webster] 1. Giving offense; causing displeasure or resentment; displeasing; annoying; as, offensive words. [1913 Webster] 2. Giving pain or unpleasant sensations; disagreeable; revolting;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offensive — of·fen·sive /ə fen siv/ adj 1: of, relating to, or designed for attack offensive weapons 2: causing displeasure or resentment; esp: contrary to a particular or prevailing sense of what is decent, proper, or moral depicted sexual acts in a… …   Law dictionary

  • Offensive — Of*fen sive, n. The state or posture of one who offends or makes attack; aggressive attitude; the act of the attacking party; opposed to {defensive}. [1913 Webster] {To take the offensive}, {To act on the offensive}, {To go on the offensive}, to… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • offensive — UK US /əˈfensɪv/ adjective ► causing someone to feel upset and angry, often because of being rude: offensive to sb »His comments were highly offensive to women. »The channel ran a series of grossly offensive advertisements …   Financial and business terms

  • offensive — [adj1] disrespectful, insulting; displeasing abhorrent, abusive, annoying, biting, cutting, detestable, disagreeable, discourteous, distasteful, dreadful, embarrassing, evil, foul, ghastly, grisly, gross, hideous, horrible, horrid, impertinent,… …   New thesaurus

  • offensive — ► ADJECTIVE 1) causing offence. 2) involved or used in active attack. 3) chiefly N. Amer. relating to the team in possession of the ball or puck in a game. ► NOUN ▪ a military campaign of attack. ● be on the offensive Cf. ↑ …   English terms dictionary

  • offensive — [ə fen′siv; ] for adj., also [ ô′fen΄siv] adj. [ML offensivus < L offensa,OFFENSE] 1. attacking; aggressive 2. of or for attack ☆ 3. designating or of the side that is seeking to score in any contest 4. unpleasant, as to the senses;… …   English World dictionary

  • Offensive — (v. lat.), der Angriff, im Gegensatz zur. Defensive (s.d.), besteht darin, daß die feindliche Macht aufgesucht u. angegriffen wird, der Offensivkrieg od. Angriffskrieg beginnt daher mit dem Einbruch in Feindes Land. Man unterscheidet dabei… …   Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • Offensīve — (franz.), das angriffsweise Vorgehen gegen den Feind im Gegensatz zum Abwarten desselben in der Defensive (s. d.). Man unterscheidet die strategische O., das Angriffsverfahren in der Kriegführung, und die taktische O., den Angriff auf dem… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

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