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.

Primary Meanings of offensive

1.
adj
unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses
2.
adj
causing anger or annoyance
3.
adjn
for the purpose of attack rather than defense
the action of attacking an enemy
Full Definitions of offensive
1

adj 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
Antonyms:
inoffensive
giving no offense
innocuous, unobjectionable
not causing disapproval
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adj causing or able to cause nausea

Synonyms:
loathsome, nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, sickening, vile
unwholesome
detrimental to physical or moral well-being
2

adj 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
Antonyms:
inoffensive, unoffending
not causing anger or annoyance
offenceless, offenseless
incapable of offending or attacking
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adj substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one

Synonyms:
dysphemistic
Antonyms:
euphemistic, inoffensive
substituting a mild term for a harsher or distasteful one

adj 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

adj morally offensive

Synonyms:
unsavory, unsavoury
odoriferous
morally offensive
Antonyms:
savory, savoury
morally wholesome or acceptable
3

adj 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
Antonyms:
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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n the action of attacking an enemy

Synonyms:
offence, offense
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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