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, godawful
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