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1‘he described the remarks as deeply offensive’
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
2‘an offensive smell’
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
archaic disgustful, loathly
3‘an offensive air action against another country’
hostile, attacking, aggressive, invading, incursive, combative, threatening, martial, warlike, belligerent, bellicose, antagonistic, on the attack
1‘a military offensive against the guerrillas’
attack, assault, onslaught, drive, invasion, push, thrust, charge, sortie, sally, foray, raid, offence, act of war, act of aggression, incursion, blitz, campaign
‘security forces took the offensive ten days ago’
begin to attack, attack first, be aggressive, strike the first blow, start a battle, start a quarrel, start a war
be on the warpath
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