- 1. offense, offence, offensive, operation, military operation
- usage: the action of attacking an enemy
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- 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)