Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun offensive

1 sense of offensive

Sense 1
offense, offence, offensive -- (the action of attacking an enemy)
       => operation, military operation -- (activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign); "it was a joint operation of the navy and air force")

Antonyms of adj offensive

7 senses of offensive

Sense 1
offensive, violative -- (violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity")

INDIRECT (VIA offending) -> unoffending -- (not offending; "an unoffending motorist should not have been stopped")

Sense 2
offensive (vs. defensive) -- (for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons")

defensive (vs. offensive) -- (intended or appropriate for defending against or deterring aggression or attack; "defensive weapons"; "a defensive stance")
        => 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)

Sense 3
offensive (vs. inoffensive) -- (causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks")

inoffensive (vs. offensive), unoffending -- (not causing anger or annoyance; "inoffensive behavior")
        => offenseless, offenceless -- (incapable of offending or attacking)

Sense 4
unsavory (vs. savory), unsavoury, offensive -- (morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal")


Sense 5
offensive (vs. inoffensive) -- (unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors")

inoffensive (vs. offensive) -- (giving no offense; "a quiet inoffensive man"; "a refreshing inoffensive stimulant")
        => innocuous, unobjectionable -- (not causing disapproval; "it was an innocuous remark"; "confined himself to innocuous generalities"; "unobjectionable behavior")

Sense 6
dysphemistic (vs. euphemistic), offensive -- (substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one ; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'")


Sense 7
nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vile -- (causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench")

INDIRECT (VIA unwholesome) -> wholesome -- (conducive to or characteristic of physical or moral well-being; "wholesome attitude"; "wholesome appearance"; "wholesome food")

Similarity of adj offensive

7 senses of offensive

Sense 1
offensive, violative -- (violating or tending to violate or offend against; "violative of the principles of liberty"; "considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity")
       => offending (vs. unoffending) -- (offending against or breaking a law or rule; "contracts offending against the statute were canceled")

Sense 2
offensive (vs. defensive) -- (for the purpose of attack rather than defense; "offensive weapons")
       => antipersonnel -- (designed to inflict death or personal injury rather than material destruction)
       => assaultive, attacking (prenominal) -- (disposed to attack)
       => hit-and-run, tip-and-run -- (designed for or consisting of a brief attack followed by a quick escape; "hit-and-run units"; "tip-and-run assaults")
       => incursive, invading, invasive -- (involving invasion or aggressive attack; "invasive war")
       => marauding, predatory, raiding -- (characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding; "bands of marauding Indians"; "predatory warfare"; "a raiding party")
       => on the offensive (predicate) -- (actively attacking)
          Also See-> aggressive#1; hostile#1

Sense 3
offensive (vs. inoffensive) -- (causing anger or annoyance; "offensive remarks")
       => abusive, opprobrious, scurrilous -- (expressing offensive reproach)
          Also See-> disrespectful#1; harmful#1

Sense 4
unsavory (vs. savory), unsavoury, offensive -- (morally offensive; "an unsavory reputation"; "an unsavory scandal")
       => odoriferous -- (morally offensive; "odoriferous legislation")

Sense 5
offensive (vs. inoffensive) -- (unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses; "offensive odors")
       => abhorrent, detestable, obscene, repugnant, repulsive -- (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")
       => charnel, ghastly, sepulchral -- (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")
       => creepy -- (annoying and unpleasant; "some creepy kids were bothering her")
       => disgusting, disgustful, distasteful, foul, loathly, loathsome, repellent, repellant, repelling, revolting, skanky, wicked, yucky -- (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")
       => ghoulish, morbid -- (suggesting the horror of death and decay; "morbid details")
       => hideous, horrid, horrific, outrageous -- (grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror; "subjected to outrageous cruelty"; "a hideous pattern of injustice"; "horrific conditions in the mining industry")
       => objectionable, obnoxious -- (causing disapproval or protest; "a vulgar and objectionable person")
       => rank -- (very offensive in smell or taste; "a rank cigar")
       => scrimy -- (dirty and disgusting; "worry about the gossip and secretiveness and other scrimy sides"- Al Hine)
       => verminous -- (of the nature of vermin; very offensive or repulsive)
          Also See-> evil#1; hateful#1; unpalatable#1; unpleasant#1

Sense 6
dysphemistic (vs. euphemistic), offensive -- (substitute a harsher or distasteful term for a mild one ; "`nigger' is a dysphemistic term for `African-American'")

Sense 7
nauseating, nauseous, noisome, queasy, loathsome, offensive, sickening, vile -- (causing or able to cause nausea; "a nauseating smell"; "nauseous offal"; "a sickening stench")
       => unwholesome (vs. wholesome) -- (detrimental to physical or moral well-being; "unwholesome food"; "unwholesome habits like smoking")

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