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Synonyms for offensive
əˈfɛn sɪv or, for 4,5 , ˈɔ fɛn-, ˈɒf ɛn-of·fen·sive

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Wiktionary

  1. offensiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    invidious

  2. offensiveadjective

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

    Some feminists find pornography offensive.

    Synonyms:
    invidious

  3. offensiveadjective

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

    The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.

    Synonyms:
    invidious

  4. offensiveadjective

    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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. offense, offence, offensiveadjective

    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, violativeadjective

    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. offensiveadjective

    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. offensiveadjective

    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, offensiveadjective

    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. offensiveadjective

    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, offensiveadjective

    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, vileadjective

    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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. offensiveadjective

    Synonyms:
    aggressive, assailant, attacking, invading

  2. offensiveadjective

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

  3. offensiveadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. offensiveadjective

    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. Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko:

    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.

  2. Ertugrul Apakan:

    We insist that they immediately cease the offensive. We insist upon unfettered access to Debaltseve and to the full security zone.

  3. Alexander Borodai:

    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.

  4. Benjamin Brafman:

    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.

  5. 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.

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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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