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a. Causing anger, displeasure, or resentment: an offensive gesture.
b. Disagreeable to the senses: an offensive odor.
a. Making a physical or military attack: The offensive troops gained ground quickly.
b. Of, relating to, or designed for attack: offensive weapons.
3. (ŏf′ĕn-) Sports Of or relating to a team having possession of a ball or puck: an offensive rush.
1. An attitude or position of attack: go on the offensive in chess.
2. A physical or military attack or assault: led a massive military offensive.

of·fen′sive·ly adv.
of·fen′sive·ness n.
Synonyms: offensive, disgusting, loathsome, nasty, odious, repellent, repulsive, revolting, vile
These adjectives mean extremely unpleasant to the senses or feelings: an offensive remark; disgusting language; a loathsome disease; a nasty smell; an odious sight; a repellent demand; repulsive behavior; revolting food; vile thoughts. See Also Synonyms at hateful.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.offensiveness - the quality of being offensive
blatancy - the property of being both obvious and offensive; "the blatancy of his attempt to whitewash the crime was unforgivable"
unpleasantness - the quality of giving displeasure; "the recent unpleasantness of the weather"
repulsiveness, loathsomeness, lousiness, sliminess, vileness, wickedness - the quality of being disgusting to the senses or emotions; "the vileness of his language surprised us"
hatefulness, objectionableness, obnoxiousness - the quality of being hateful
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n (of smell, sight)Widerlichkeit f; (of language, film, book)Anstößigkeit f; (of remark, gesture, behaviour)Unverschämtheit f


(əˈfend) verb
1. to make feel upset or angry. If you don't go to her party she will be offended; His criticism offended her.
2. to be unpleasant or disagreeable. Cigarette smoke offends me.
ofˈfence , (American) ofˈfense noun
1. (any cause of) anger, displeasure, hurt feelings etc. That rubbish dump is an offence to the eye.
2. a crime. The police charged him with several offences.
ofˈfender noun
a person who offends, especially against the law.
ofˈfensive (-siv) adjective
1. insulting. offensive remarks.
2. disgusting. an offensive smell.
3. used to attack. an offensive weapon.
an attack. They launched an offensive against the invading army.
ofˈfensively adverb
ofˈfensiveness noun
be on the offensive
to be making an attack. She always expects people to criticize her and so she is always on the offensive.
take offence (with at)
to be offended (by something). He took offence at what she said.
References in classic literature ?
Sometimes when some outrage of peculiar offensiveness stung her to the heart, she would plan schemes of vengeance and revel in the fancied spectacle of his exposure to the world as an imposter and a slave; but in the midst of these joys fear would strike her; she had made him too strong; she could prove nothing, and--heavens, she might get sold down the river for her pains
Sabin with the sullen offensiveness of the professional bully.
she said drily, and (I think) with wilful offensiveness.
The open mouth, the drooping arm, the arched knee: they were such a personification of cockiness as, taken together, will never again, one may hope, be presented to eyes so sensitive to their offensiveness.
Sweet it was in one sense, honey-sweet, and sent the same tingling through the nerves as her voice, but with a bitter underlying the sweet, a bitter offensiveness, as one smells in blood.
Many a reformer perishes in his removal of rubbish; and that makes the offensiveness of the class.
Probably she was unconscious of her own movements; but this very unconsciousness added to the offensiveness of their suggested meaning.
In terms of offensiveness, her simple commentary pales in comparison with this imperative.
Why stop at football supporters when there are so many other sources of offensiveness in offensiveness society?
Another suggested drastic action to stem the tide of offensiveness, writing: "Does she actually think about the things before she writes them?
Problem is, its inoffensiveness approaches offensiveness from time to time and as for her version of Frankie Goes To Hollywood's The Power of Love, let us never speak of it again.
The Court described the tone of one of ACM s supervisors as rude, condescending and vicious, no description of this call (and some of her later efforts) can adequately capture the offensiveness involved .