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offensive

adjective

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(Entry 1 of 2)

1 causing intense displeasure, disgust, or resentment
  • I find your disrespectful attitude toward religion very offensive
  • the smell of rotting food is quite offensive

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offensive

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of offensive (Entry 2 of 2)

the act or action of setting upon with force or violence
  • the primary offensive by the ground forces will commence at dawn tomorrow

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The first known use of offensive was circa 1564

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offenses

offensive

offensiveness

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“Offensive.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/offensive. Accessed 28 Jan. 2022.

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