offensive

Offensive describes rude or hurtful behavior, or a military or sports incursion into on opponent's territory. In any context, "on the offensive" means on the attack.

Although offense and defense are opposites, offensive and defensive aren't always. Defensive can mean anxiously challenging of all criticism. Offensive can mean not just attacking someone or something, but belching, insulting people, or otherwise not respecting common standards of behavior.

Definitions of offensive
  1. adjective
    unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
    offensive odors”
    Synonyms:
    evil
    morally bad or wrong
    hateful
    evoking or deserving hatred
    abhorrent, detestable, obscene, repugnant, repulsive
    offensive to the mind
    charnel, ghastly, sepulchral
    gruesomely indicative of death or the dead
    creepy
    annoying and unpleasant
    disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellant, repellent, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky
    highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust
    ghoulish, morbid
    suggesting the horror of death and decay
    hideous, horrid, horrific, outrageous
    grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror
    objectionable, obnoxious
    causing disapproval or protest
    rank
    very offensive in smell or taste
    scrimy
    dirty and disgusting
    verminous
    of the nature of vermin; very offensive or repulsive
    unpalatable
    not pleasant or acceptable to the taste or mind
    unpleasant
    disagreeable to the senses, to the mind, or feelings
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    Antonyms:
    inoffensive
    giving no offense
    anodyne, innocuous, unobjectionable
    not causing disapproval
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  2. adjective
    causing or able to cause nausea
    synonyms: loathsome, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, sickening, vile
    unwholesome
    detrimental to physical or moral well-being
  3. adjective
    causing anger or annoyance
    offensive remarks”
    Synonyms:
    harmful
    causing or capable of causing harm
    abusive, opprobrious, scurrilous
    expressing offensive reproach
    disrespectful
    exhibiting lack of respect; rude and discourteous
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    Antonyms:
    inoffensive, unoffending
    not causing anger or annoyance
    offenceless, offenseless
    incapable of offending or attacking
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  4. adjective
    substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one
    synonyms: dysphemistic
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    Antonyms:
    euphemistic, inoffensive
    substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one
  5. adjective
    violating or tending to violate or offend against
    “considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity”
    synonyms: violative
    offending
    offending against or breaking a law or rule
  6. adjective
    morally offensive
    synonyms: unsavory, unsavoury
    odoriferous
    morally offensive
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    Antonyms:
    savory, savoury
    morally wholesome or acceptable
  7. adjective
    for the purpose of attack rather than defense
    offensive weapons”
    Synonyms:
    aggressive
    having or showing determination and energetic pursuit of your ends
    hostile
    characterized by enmity or ill will
    antipersonnel
    designed to inflict death or personal injury rather than material destruction
    assaultive, attacking
    disposed to attack
    hit-and-run, tip-and-run
    designed for or consisting of a brief attack followed by a quick escape
    incursive, invading, invasive
    involving invasion or aggressive attack
    marauding, predatory, raiding
    characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding
    on the offensive
    actively attacking
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    defensive
    intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack
    antiaircraft
    designed for defense from a surface position against air attack
    antisubmarine
    defensive against enemy submarines
    antitank
    designed for defense against armored vehicles
    defending
    attempting to or designed to prevent an opponent from winning or scoring
    en garde
    (fencing) in a defensive stance
    protective
    intended or adapted to afford protection of some kind
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  8. noun
    the action of attacking an enemy
    synonyms: offence, offense
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    types:
    counteroffensive
    a large scale offensive (more than a counterattack) undertaken by a defending force to seize the initiative from an attacking force
    dirty war
    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
    push back, rollback
    the act of forcing the enemy to withdraw
    type of:
    military operation, operation
    activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)
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