What is another word for offensive?

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

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  1. offensiveadjective


  2. offensiveadjective

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

    Some feminists find pornography offensive.


  3. offensiveadjective

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

    The army's offensive capabilities. An offensive weapon.


  4. offensiveadjective

    Having to do with play directed at scoring.

    The offensive coordinator is responsible for ordering all rushing plays.


Complete Dictionary of Synonyms and Antonyms

  1. offensive

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

    defensive, grateful, pleasant, savory

Princeton's WordNet

  1. offense, offence, offensiveadjective

    the action of attacking an enemy

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

    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"

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

    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"

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

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

  4. offensiveadjective

    causing anger or annoyance

    "offensive remarks"

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

    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"

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

    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"

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

    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'"

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

    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"

    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

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

Dictionary of English Synonymes

  1. offensiveadjective

    aggressive, assailant, attacking, invading

  2. offensiveadjective

    disgusting, nauseating, nauseous, sickening, loathsome, repulsive

  3. offensiveadjective

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

Synonyms, Antonyms & Associated Words

  1. offensiveadjective

    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. The Nagorno-Karabakh military:

    The enemy continued aggressive military action, using rocket artillery and armored vehicles, the army is taking necessary measures to suppress the enemy's aggressive attack offensive.

  2. Kawhi Leonard:

    We’ll be all right, two of my turnovers were offensive fouls. That’s just being aggressive, physical. We can live with that.

  3. Jennifer Carnahan:

    The Republican Party of Minnesota has learned the Wabasha County Chair Facebook page was not hacked last night, as believed by the Wabasha County Chair, the offensive picture was unfortunately posted by a board member who has resigned effective immediately at the party's request.

  4. Felix Kjellberg:

    I think of the content that I create as entertainment, and not a place for any serious political commentary, though this was not my intention, I understand that these jokes were ultimately offensive.

  5. Marlon Marshall:

    Governor LePage's comments tonight are not only offensive and hurtful but they try to cover up the very real epidemic of drug abuse facing people in his state and across the country, lePage's racist rants sadly distract from efforts to address one of our nation's most pressing problems.

Translations for offensive

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  • هجومArabic
  • ата́ка, на́ступ, абра́злівыBelarusian
  • обиден, оскърбителенBulgarian
  • ofensiva, ofensiuCatalan, Valencian
  • urážlivý, útok, ofenzívaCzech
  • offensivDanish
  • Offensive, beleidigend, offensivGerman
  • επιθετικός, προσβλητικόςGreek
  • ofensivo, ofensivaSpanish
  • hyökkäyskanta, offensiivi, hyökkäys, pysyä hyökkäyskannalla, hyökkäys-, päällekäyvä, hyökkääväFinnish
  • offensif, offensant, offensiveFrench
  • oilbheumachScottish Gaelic
  • अपमानजनकHindi
  • offensiveIgbo
  • offensivo, offensivaItalian
  • 攻撃側, 攻撃的, 気に障る, 攻勢, 攻撃Japanese
  • 공세Korean
  • pūraurau, weriweri, koeo, mataharehare, hākikiMāori
  • beledigend, offensief, aanvallend, aanval, klaar om aan te vallen, inval, walgelijk, weerzinwekkendDutch
  • ofensywa, atak, obraźliwyPolish
  • ofensivo, ofensivaPortuguese
  • ofensant, ofensivă, ofensantă, atacRomanian
  • наступательный, наступле́ние, оскорбительный, обидный, ата́каRussian
  • ofanziva, офанзиваSerbo-Croatian
  • stötande, offensiv, anstötligSwedish
  • น่ารังเกียจThai
  • ата́ка, на́ступ, обра́зливийUkrainian

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