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Definition 1: the action of attacking an enemy - [noun denoting act]

Synonyms for offensive in the sense of this definition

(offensive is a kind of ...) activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)

"it was a joint operation of the navy and air force"

(... is a kind of offensive ) a large scale offensive (more than a counterattack) undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from an attacking force

(... is a kind of offensive ) an offensive conducted by secret police or the military of a regime against revolutionary and terrorist insurgents and marked by the use of kidnapping and torture and murder with civilians often being the victims

"thousands of people disappeared and were killed during Argentina's dirty war in the late 1970s"

(... is a kind of offensive ) the act of forcing the enemy to withdraw

Definition 2: unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where offensive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • offensive odors

(offensive is similar to ...) suggesting the horror of death and decay

"morbid details"

(offensive is similar to ...) causing disapproval or protest

"a vulgar and objectionable person"

(offensive is similar to ...) grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror

"subjected to outrageous cruelty" "a hideous pattern of injustice" "horrific conditions in the mining industry"

(offensive is similar to ...) dirty and disgusting

"worry about the gossip and secretiveness and other scrimy sides"

(offensive is similar to ...) highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

"a disgusting smell" "distasteful language" "a loathsome disease" "the idea of eating meat is repellent to me" "revolting food" "a wicked stench"

(offensive is similar to ...) annoying and unpleasant

"some creepy kids were bothering her"

(offensive is similar to ...) gruesomely indicative of death or the dead

"a charnel smell came from the chest filled with dead men's bones" "ghastly shrieks" "the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs"

(offensive is similar to ...) offensive to the mind

"an abhorrent deed" "the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee" "morally repugnant customs" "repulsive behavior" "the most repulsive character in recent novels"

(offensive is similar to ...) of the nature of vermin; very offensive or repulsive

(offensive is similar to ...) very offensive in smell or taste

"a rank cigar"

(means also ...) not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind

"an unpalatable meal" "unpalatable truths" "unpalatable behavior"

(means also ...) offensive or disagreeable; causing discomfort or unhappiness

"an unpleasant personality" "unpleasant repercussions" "unpleasant odors"

(means also ...) evoking or deserving hatred

"no vice is universally as hateful as ingratitude"

(means also ...) morally bad or wrong

"evil purposes" "an evil influence" "evil deeds"

(... are attributes of offensive) the quality of being offensive

Definition 3: causing anger or annoyance - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where offensive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • offensive remarks

(offensive is similar to ...) expressing offensive reproach

(means also ...) causing or capable of causing harm

"too much sun is harmful to the skin" "harmful effects of smoking"

(means also ...) exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous

"remarks disrespectful of the law" "disrespectful in the presence of his parents" "disrespectful toward his teacher"

(... are attributes of offensive) the quality of being offensive

Definition 4: for the purpose of attack rather than defense - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where offensive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • offensive weapons

(offensive is similar to ...) designed to inflict death or personal injury rather than material destruction

(offensive is similar to ...) disposed to attack

(offensive is similar to ...) designed for or consisting of a brief attack followed by a quick escape

"hit-and-run units" "tip-and-run assaults"

(offensive is similar to ...) involving invasion or aggressive attack

"invasive war"

(offensive is similar to ...) characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding

"bands of marauding Indians" "predatory warfare" "a raiding party"

(offensive is similar to ...) actively attacking

(means also ...) having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends

"an aggressive businessman" "an aggressive basketball player" "he was aggressive and imperious; positive in his convictions" "aggressive drivers"

(means also ...) characterized by enmity or ill will

"a hostile nation" "a hostile remark" "hostile actions"

Definition 5: morally offensive - [adjective denoting all]

Samples where offensive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • an unsavory reputation
  • an unsavory scandal

Synonyms for offensive in the sense of this definition

Definition 6: violating or tending to violate or offend against - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where offensive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • violative of the principles of liberty
  • considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity

Synonyms for offensive in the sense of this definition

(offensive is similar to ...) offending against or breaking a law or rule

"contracts offending against the statute were canceled"

Definition 7: causing or able to cause nausea - [adjective satellite denoting all]

Samples where offensive or its synonyms are used according to this definition

  • a nauseating smell
  • nauseous offal
  • a sickening stench

Synonyms for offensive in the sense of this definition

(offensive is similar to ...) detrimental to physical or moral well-being

"unwholesome food" "unwholesome habits like smoking"

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