Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred
Some feminists find pornography offensive.
Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.
The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.
Having to do with play directed at scoring.
The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.
English Synonyms and Antonyms
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offense, offence, offensiveadjective
the action of attacking an enemy
violating or tending to violate or offend against
"violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"
for the purpose of attack rather than defense
causing anger or annoyance
unsavory, unsavoury, offensiveadjective
"an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"
unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one
"`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"
nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vileadjective
causing or able to cause nausea
"a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"
noisome, fetid, nauseous, revolting, nauseating, unsavory, ugly, foul, repellent, dysphemistic, slimy, unsavoury, distasteful, anxious, sick, ill-scented, foetid, vile, despicable, disgustful, stinking, disgusting, sickening, smelly, repelling, worthless, unquiet, foul-smelling, loathsome, sickish, nauseated, nervous, yucky, wicked, uneasy, skanky, funky, wretched, loathly, violative, unworthy, queasy, repellant
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There is a ceasefire, or there isn't. It depends on how you look at it. You can say that we managed to halt the offensive drive off the aggressor. Ukraine has withdrawn the lion's share of its rocket and heavy artillery systems. The Russian-backed fighters have also withdrawn a significant amount.
We insist that they immediately cease the offensive. We insist upon unfettered access to Debaltseve and to the full security zone.
To be honest, I expect that the Minsk 2 agreements will not be observed, in the same manner as the Minsk 1 agreements were not, and at the end of the day the Ukrainian army will launch an offensive. This is a very probable development ... I am not sure that it will end without a big war, as Russia cannot tolerate this sore on its borders forever.
What troubles me is that when you are vilified in the media, as has Mr. Harvey Weinstein, there is a rush to judgment, which is offensive to the concept of fairness and due process, there is a rush to arrest, there is pressure to arrest, and what we see is that happened in this case.
I think it will have a positive impact on the military offensive in the northeast over the next few months because the military from mid-level and up have been awaiting a change in leadership, that has created a ‘wait and see’ situation, which has caused decision-making to suffer. It has likely been one source of distraction for the military.
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- абра́злівы, на́ступ, ата́каBelarusian
- оскърбителен, обиденBulgarian
- ofensiu, ofensivaCatalan, Valencian
- ofenzíva, urážlivý, útokCzech
- Offensive, beleidigend, offensivGerman
- προσβλητικός, επιθετικόςGreek
- ofensiva, ofensivoSpanish
- hyökkäävä, offensiivi, hyökkäys-, hyökkäyskanta, pysyä hyökkäyskannalla, päällekäyvä, hyökkäysFinnish
- offensant, offensive, offensifFrench
- oilbheumachScottish Gaelic
- offensivo, offensivaItalian
- 攻勢, 攻撃的, 気に障る, 攻撃, 攻撃側Japanese
- mataharehare, koeo, pūraurau, weriweri, hākikiMāori
- beledigend, offensief, aanvallend, klaar om aan te vallen, weerzinwekkend, aanval, inval, walgelijkDutch
- ofensywa, atak, obraźliwyPolish
- ofensivo, ofensivaPortuguese
- ofensant, atac, ofensantă, ofensivăRomanian
- обидный, ата́ка, оскорбительный, наступле́ние, наступательныйRussian
- ofanziva, офанзиваSerbo-Croatian
- offensiv, stötande, anstötligSwedish
- на́ступ, обра́зливий, ата́каUkrainian
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