Synonyms of offensive


1. offense, offence, offensive, operation, military operation

usage: the action of attacking an enemy


1. offensive, violative, offending (vs. unoffending)

usage: violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity"

2. offensive (vs. defensive), antipersonnel, assaultive, attacking(prenominal), hit-and-run, tip-and-run, incursive, invading, invasive, marauding, predatory, raiding, on the offensive(predicate), aggressive, hostile

usage: for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons"

3. offensive (vs. inoffensive), abusive, opprobrious, scurrilous, disrespectful, harmful

usage: causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks"

4. unsavory (vs. savory), unsavoury, offensive, odoriferous

usage: morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal"

5. offensive (vs. inoffensive), abhorrent, detestable, obscene, repugnant, repulsive, charnel, ghastly, sepulchral, creepy, disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky, ghoulish, morbid, hideous, horrid, horrific, outrageous, objectionable, obnoxious, rank, scrimy, verminous, evil, hateful, unpalatable, unpleasant

usage: unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors"

6. dysphemistic (vs. euphemistic), offensive

usage: substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one ; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'"

7. nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vile, unwholesome (vs. wholesome)

usage: causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench"

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Definition and meaning of offensive (Dictionary)