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1. offensive

adjective. ['əˈfɛnsɪv'] violating or tending to violate or offend against.

Synonyms

  • offending

Antonyms

  • beneficence
  • benignity

Etymology

  • offensif (French)

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Words that Rhyme with Offensive

  • comprehensive
  • inexpensive
  • hypertensive
  • apprehensive
  • extensive
  • expensive
  • intensive
  • defensive
  • pensive

Example sentences of the word offensive


1. Adjective
They were designed because many gardeners have found the smell of marigolds offensive.

Quotes containing the word offensive


1. I consider skateboarding an art form, a lifestyle and a sport. 'Action sport' would be the least offensive categorization.
- Tony Hawk

2. The line between humor and bad taste is your audience, in which some people will find everything offensive, and some people will find nothing offensive, but the truth is that most humor originates in what would be called bad taste.
- Robert Mankoff

3. Life itself is offensive and certainly does not apologize - in fact, it hurts considerably and, as we all know, is often very rude and troublesome, just as nature or art can be.
- Michael Leunig

2. offensive

noun. ['əˈfɛnsɪv'] the action of attacking an enemy.

Synonyms

  • dirty war
  • counteroffensive
  • offense
  • operation
  • push back
  • rollback
  • military operation

Antonyms

  • nice
  • pleasantness
  • palatability
  • upgrade

Etymology

  • offensif (French)

3. offensive

adjective. ['əˈfɛnsɪv'] causing anger or annoyance.

Synonyms

  • offensiveness
  • opprobrious
  • odiousness
  • disrespectful
  • scurrilous
  • harmful
  • distastefulness

Antonyms

  • respectful
  • inoffensive
  • virtuous
  • goodness

Etymology

  • offensif (French)

4. offensive

adjective. ['əˈfɛnsɪv'] substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one.

Antonyms

  • generous

Etymology

  • offensif (French)

5. offensive

adjective. ['əˈfɛnsɪv'] morally offensive.

Synonyms

  • odoriferous
  • unsavoury

Antonyms

  • moral
  • right
  • righteous

Etymology

  • offensif (French)

6. offensive

adjective. ['əˈfɛnsɪv'] causing or able to cause nausea.

Synonyms

  • queasy
  • vile
  • nauseous
  • sickening
  • unwholesome
  • noisome
  • nauseating

Antonyms

  • beneficent
  • attractive
  • attraction
  • beautiful

Etymology

  • offensif (French)

7. offensive

adjective. ['əˈfɛnsɪv'] unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses.

Synonyms

  • repelling
  • horrid
  • evil
  • abhorrent
  • obnoxious
  • repulsive
  • verminous
  • hateful
  • distastefulness
  • loathly
  • disgusting
  • detestable
  • repugnant
  • rank
  • odiousness
  • ghoulish
  • repellent
  • foul
  • wicked
  • sepulchral
  • skanky
  • offensiveness
  • unpleasant
  • hideous
  • objectionable
  • revolting
  • creepy
  • distasteful
  • yucky
  • loathsome
  • outrageous
  • obscene
  • ghastly
  • unpalatable
  • disgustful
  • repellant
  • morbid
  • horrific
  • charnel

Antonyms

  • palatable
  • pleasant
  • lovable
  • inoffensive

Etymology

  • offensif (French)

8. offensive

adjective. ['əˈfɛnsɪv'] for the purpose of attack rather than defense.

Synonyms

  • hit-and-run
  • invasive
  • hostile
  • invading
  • assaultive
  • predatory
  • aggressive
  • tip-and-run
  • antipersonnel
  • raiding
  • marauding
  • on the offensive
  • incursive

Antonyms

  • unaggressive
  • amicable
  • morality
  • benignancy

Etymology

  • offensif (French)
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