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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.
"Why should I have wanted you to leap from the Shlangenberg?" she said drily, and (I think) with wilful offensiveness. "THAT would have been of no use to me."
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. They steeled Hook's heart.
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.
Finally, after a few more stalling words about newspapers and offensiveness, Beck got to the point, repeated the questionable phrase, then went on to defend it.
And I am very disturbed by belligerent crusades like those of Jasmyne Cannick that aim to silence the work of an artist on the basis of its "offensiveness." Obviously such efforts have a general chilling effect on artistic expression and fall right in line with those of the far right and religious zealots who are attempting to restrict the subject matter of the arts.
But, apart from the intrinsic offensiveness of the enormous amounts of money these failed leaders are taking away with them, what signals do they send to the rest of the workforce?
Morgan and other parade organizers carefully reviewed all entrant applications and will check on participants early this morning to ensure that nobody intends to cross the line separating irreverent fun from shocking offensiveness.
The theory first highlights reasons for perceived responsibility (repeated action, prior planning of the act, personal benefit from the action, and so on) and reasons for perceived offensiveness of the act (effect on audience, hypocrisy, innocent victims, and so on).