What are some alternative words for offensive?

Synonyms for offensive
əˈfɛn sɪv or, for 4,5 , ˈɔ fɛn-, ˈɒf ɛn-

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. offense, offence, offensive(adj)

    the action of attacking an enemy

    Synonyms:
    offense, criminal offence, criminal offense, umbrage, discourtesy, offensive activity, crime, offence, law-breaking

    Antonyms:
    inoffensive, unoffending, wholesome, innocuous, offenceless, antitank, en garde, antiaircraft, offenseless, defensive, defending, antisubmarine, unobjectionable

  2. offensive, violative(adj)

    violating or tending to violate or offend against

    "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"

    Synonyms:
    queasy, unsavory, loathsome, nauseating, unsavoury, nauseous, dysphemistic, sickening, violative, vile, noisome

    Antonyms:
    antisubmarine, inoffensive, defending, offenseless, wholesome, unoffending, defensive, offenceless, antiaircraft, unobjectionable, en garde, antitank, innocuous

  3. offensive(adj)

    for the purpose of attack rather than defense

    "offensive weapons"

    Synonyms:
    queasy, unsavory, loathsome, nauseating, unsavoury, nauseous, dysphemistic, sickening, violative, vile, noisome

    Antonyms:
    inoffensive, antitank, unobjectionable, unoffending, antiaircraft, wholesome, innocuous, defending, defensive, offenseless, en garde, offenceless, antisubmarine

  4. offensive(adj)

    causing anger or annoyance

    "offensive remarks"

    Synonyms:
    queasy, unsavory, loathsome, nauseating, unsavoury, nauseous, dysphemistic, sickening, violative, vile, noisome

    Antonyms:
    antiaircraft, unoffending, innocuous, antisubmarine, en garde, antitank, offenseless, wholesome, defensive, defending, offenceless, inoffensive, unobjectionable

  5. unsavory, unsavoury, offensive(adj)

    morally offensive

    "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"

    Synonyms:
    queasy, unsavory, loathsome, nauseating, unsavoury, nauseous, dysphemistic, distasteful, sickening, violative, vile, noisome

    Antonyms:
    offenseless, defensive, innocuous, inoffensive, antitank, antiaircraft, en garde, unoffending, wholesome, unobjectionable, antisubmarine, offenceless, defending

  6. offensive(adj)

    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

    "offensive odors"

    Synonyms:
    queasy, unsavory, loathsome, nauseating, unsavoury, nauseous, dysphemistic, sickening, violative, vile, noisome

    Antonyms:
    antisubmarine, offenceless, defending, antiaircraft, unoffending, defensive, unobjectionable, en garde, inoffensive, antitank, offenseless, wholesome, innocuous

  7. dysphemistic, offensive(adj)

    substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one

    "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"

    Synonyms:
    queasy, unsavory, loathsome, nauseating, unsavoury, nauseous, dysphemistic, sickening, violative, vile, noisome

    Antonyms:
    offenseless, en garde, inoffensive, antitank, offenceless, defending, defensive, innocuous, antiaircraft, antisubmarine, unoffending, wholesome, unobjectionable

  8. nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vile(adj)

    causing or able to cause nausea

    "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"

    Synonyms:
    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

    Antonyms:
    unoffending, inoffensive, antiaircraft, offenseless, offenceless, antitank, wholesome, en garde, defending, antisubmarine, defensive, innocuous, unobjectionable

Wiktionary

  1. offensive(adjective)

    Synonyms:
    invidious

  2. offensive(adjective)

    Causing offense; arousing a visceral reaction of disgust, anger, or hatred

    Some feminists find pornography offensive.

    Synonyms:
    invidious

  3. offensive(adjective)

    Relating to an offense or attack, as opposed to defensive.

    The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.

    Synonyms:
    invidious

  4. offensive(adjective)

    Having to do with play directed at scoring.

    The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.

    Synonyms:
    invidious

Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. offensive

    Synonyms:
    aggressive, obnoxious, distasteful, displeasing, foul, fetid, unsavory

    Antonyms:
    defensive, grateful, pleasant, savory

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. offensive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    aggressive, assailant, attacking, invading

  2. offensive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    disgusting, nauseating, nauseous, sickening, loathsome, repulsive

  3. offensive(a.)

    Synonyms:
    disagreeable, unpleasant, unpalatable, displeasing, revolting, shocking, abominable, detestable, hateful, execrable, obnoxious

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. offensive(a)

    Synonyms:
    obnoxious, displeasing, noisome, distasteful, insolent, abusive, aggressive, assailant, fetid, disagreeable, opprobrious, scurrilous, fulsome

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How to use offensive in a sentence?

  1. Glenn Hurst:

    It's an offensive attack on some of the best Iowans out there on the front lines.

  2. Florida Sen. Marco Rubio:

    It's not just absurd, it's offensive. It's ridiculous. And I do think it's a disqualifier as commander-in-chief.

  3. Thomas Hansen:

    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.

  4. Ukrainian Prime Minister Arseniy Yatsenyuk:

    Why we are asking for increased defense capabilities of Ukraine? It's not for the offensive operation. This is for the defensive operation, to get peace you have to defend your country and you have to deter Russia, not allowing Russian troops to move further and further.

  5. Sally Hunt:

    It’s offensive to a lot of people, I’m outspoken about it but there are a lot of people like me that are afraid to speak out publicly, it says ‘In God We Trust’ when it should say ‘in God some of us trust.


Translations for offensive

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  • هجومArabic
  • абра́злівы, на́ступ, ата́каBelarusian
  • оскърбителен, обиденBulgarian
  • ofensiu, ofensivaCatalan, Valencian
  • ofenzíva, urážlivý, útokCzech
  • offensivDanish
  • Offensive, beleidigend, offensivGerman
  • προσβλητικός, επιθετικόςGreek
  • ofensiva, ofensivoSpanish
  • hyökkäävä, offensiivi, hyökkäys-, hyökkäyskanta, pysyä hyökkäyskannalla, päällekäyvä, hyökkäysFinnish
  • offensant, offensive, offensifFrench
  • oilbheumachScottish Gaelic
  • अपमानजनकHindi
  • offensiveIgbo
  • offensivo, offensivaItalian
  • 攻勢, 攻撃的, 気に障る, 攻撃, 攻撃側Japanese
  • 공세Korean
  • 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
  • น่ารังเกียจThai
  • на́ступ, обра́зливий, ата́каUkrainian

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