Synonyms for offensive

Synonyms for (noun) offensive

Synonyms: offence, offense, offensive

Definition: the action of attacking an enemy

Similar words: military operation, operation

Definition: activity by a military or naval force (as a maneuver or campaign)

Usage: it was a joint operation of the navy and air force

Synonyms for (adjective) offensive

Synonyms: offensive

Definition: unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

Usage: offensive odors

Similar words: obscene, repugnant, repulsive, detestable, abhorrent

Definition: offensive to the mind

Usage: an abhorrent deed; the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee; morally repugnant customs; repulsive behavior; the most repulsive character in recent novels


Similar words: charnel, sepulchral, ghastly

Definition: gruesomely indicative of death or the dead

Usage: a charnel smell came from the chest filled with dead men's bones; ghastly shrieks; the sepulchral darkness of the catacombs


Similar words: creepy

Definition: annoying and unpleasant

Usage: some creepy kids were bothering her


Similar words: disgustful, disgusting, distasteful, repellant, repellent, repelling, revolting, wicked, yucky, foul, loathly, loathsome, skanky

Definition: highly offensive; arousing aversion or disgust

Usage: a disgusting smell; distasteful language; a loathsome disease; the idea of eating meat is repellent to me; revolting food; a wicked stench


Similar words: morbid, ghoulish

Definition: suggesting the horror of death and decay

Usage: morbid details


Similar words: horrid, horrific, hideous, outrageous

Definition: grossly offensive to decency or morality; causing horror

Usage: subjected to outrageous cruelty; a hideous pattern of injustice; horrific conditions in the mining industry


Similar words: objectionable, obnoxious

Definition: causing disapproval or protest

Usage: a vulgar and objectionable person


Similar words: rank

Definition: very offensive in smell or taste

Usage: a rank cigar


Similar words: scrimy

Definition: dirty and disgusting

Usage: worry about the gossip and secretiveness and other scrimy sides- Al Hine


Similar words: verminous

Definition: of the nature of vermin; very offensive or repulsive


Synonyms: offensive, unsavory, unsavoury

Definition: morally offensive

Usage: an unsavory reputation; an unsavory scandal

Similar words: odoriferous

Definition: morally offensive

Usage: odoriferous legislation


Synonyms: offensive

Definition: causing anger or annoyance

Usage: offensive remarks

Similar words: opprobrious, scurrilous, abusive

Definition: expressing offensive reproach


Synonyms: offensive

Definition: for the purpose of attack rather than defense

Usage: offensive weapons

Similar words: antipersonnel

Definition: designed to inflict death or personal injury rather than material destruction


Similar words: assaultive, attacking

Definition: disposed to attack


Similar words: tip-and-run, hit-and-run

Definition: designed for or consisting of a brief attack followed by a quick escape

Usage: hit-and-run units; tip-and-run assaults


Similar words: incursive, invading, invasive

Definition: involving invasion or aggressive attack

Usage: invasive war


Similar words: marauding, raiding, predatory

Definition: characterized by plundering or pillaging or marauding

Usage: bands of marauding Indians; predatory warfare; a raiding party


Similar words: on the offensive

Definition: actively attacking


Synonyms: offensive, violative

Definition: violating or tending to violate or offend against

Usage: violative of the principles of liberty; considered such depravity offensive against all laws of humanity

Similar words: offending

Definition: offending against or breaking a law or rule

Usage: contracts offending against the statute were canceled


Synonyms: nauseating, nauseous, noisome, offensive, vile, queasy, sickening, loathsome

Definition: causing or able to cause nausea

Usage: a nauseating smell; nauseous offal; a sickening stench

Similar words: unwholesome

Definition: detrimental to physical or moral well-being

Usage: unwholesome food; unwholesome habits like smoking