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Meaning & Definition of Offensive in English

English

Offensive

/əfɛnsɪv/

noun

1. The action of attacking an enemy

    synonym:
  • offense
  • ,
  • offence
  • ,
  • offensive

adjective

1. Violating or tending to violate or offend against

  • "Violative of the principles of liberty"
  • "Considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
    synonym:
  • offensive
  • ,
  • violative

2. For the purpose of attack rather than defense

  • "Offensive weapons"
    synonym:
  • offensive

3. Causing anger or annoyance

  • "Offensive remarks"
    synonym:
  • offensive

4. Morally offensive

  • "An unsavory reputation"
  • "An unsavory scandal"
    synonym:
  • unsavory
  • ,
  • unsavoury
  • ,
  • offensive

5. Unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

  • "Offensive odors"
    synonym:
  • offensive

6. Substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one

  • "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `african-american'"
    synonym:
  • dysphemistic
  • ,
  • offensive

7. Causing or able to cause nausea

  • "A nauseating smell"
  • "Nauseous offal"
  • "A sickening stench"
    synonym:
  • nauseating
  • ,
  • nauseous
  • ,
  • noisome
  • ,
  • queasy
  • ,
  • loathsome
  • ,
  • offensive
  • ,
  • sickening
  • ,
  • vile

Examples of using

Your attitude towards women is offensive.