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Definition of 'offensive'


  1. the action of attacking an enemy
       Synonyms: offense offence


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

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