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adjective as in attacking

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It marked the first time the organization agreed to change a bird’s name because it was racially offensive.

He risks upsetting the fans, not to mention his offensive line.

Okay, Einav Hart is a good sport, but our goal today isn’t to ask questions that are outright offensive.

Heinicke, who was set to become a restricted free agent in March, said he wanted to stay with Washington because a two-year deal gives him security and he feels comfortable with Coach Ron Rivera and offensive coordinator Scott Turner.

Taking advanced metrics like those into account, Turner’s defensive contributions stand out far more than his traditional offensive numbers do.

There is no such thing as speech so hateful or offensive it somehow “justifies” or “legitimizes” the use of violence.

It is not only clerics and Islamic ideologues who use offensive words and images to describe the sexual life of Westerners.

After all, the Russians were about to mount a winter offensive of their own.

Seeking to be celebrated for simply hiring a woman is tokenizing and offensive.

The story was so appalling, the attack so brutish and morally offensive, that it provoked an immediate, furious response.

It being offensive to the French, they took none of it with them on their return.

They determined that an offensive war should be carried on against them, and voted to raise 90 men!

But he is as insolent as you could wish, and has a superb confidence in himself that his enemies call by the most offensive names.

The climax was reached when a most offensive policeman in a dictatorial manner ordered me to 'Move on.'

Her directness had made all possible 'buts' seem ridiculous and futile, and had made the expression of curiosity seem offensive.


On this page you'll find 230 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to offensive, such as: abhorrent, abusive, annoying, distasteful, embarrassing, and horrible.

From Roget's 21st Century Thesaurus, Third Edition Copyright © 2013 by the Philip Lief Group.