Synonyms of offensive in English:

offensive


See definition of offensive

adjective

1‘he described the remarks as deeply offensive’

SYNONYMS

insulting, rude, derogatory, disrespectful, hurtful, wounding, abusive, objectionable, displeasing, annoying, exasperating, irritating, vexing, galling, provocative, provoking, humiliating, impertinent, impudent, insolent, personal, discourteous, uncivil, impolite, unmannerly, unacceptable, shocking, scandalous, outrageous

crude, vulgar, coarse, indecent, improper

rare exceptionable

ANTONYMS

complimentary, polite

2‘an offensive smell’

SYNONYMS

unpleasant, disagreeable, nasty, distasteful, displeasing, objectionable, off-putting, uninviting, awful, terrible, dreadful, frightful, obnoxious, abominable, disgusting, repulsive, repellent, repugnant, revolting, abhorrent, loathsome, hateful, detestable, execrable, odious, vile, foul, unsavoury, unpalatable, sickening, nauseating, nauseous, ugly, unsightly

noxious, fetid, rank, rancid, malodorous, mephitic

informal ghastly, horrible, horrid, gross, putrid, sick-making, yucky, God-awful

British informal beastly

Northern Irish informal bogging

Australian informal on the nose

North American informal skanky

literary noisome

archaic disgustful, loathly

ANTONYMS

pleasant, delightful

3‘an offensive air action against another country’

SYNONYMS

hostile, attacking, aggressive, invading, incursive, combative, threatening, martial, warlike, belligerent, bellicose, antagonistic, on the attack

ANTONYMS

defensive


noun

1‘a military offensive against the guerrillas’

SYNONYMS

attack, assault, onslaught, drive, invasion, push, thrust, charge, sortie, sally, foray, raid, offence, act of war, act of aggression, incursion, blitz, campaign


Phrases

    take the offensive

      ‘security forces took the offensive ten days ago’

      SYNONYMS

      begin to attack, attack first, be aggressive, strike the first blow, start a battle, start a quarrel, start a war

      informal

      be on the warpath