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offensiveness

[ uh-fen-siv or for 4, 5, aw-fen-, of-en- ]SEE DEFINITION OF offensiveness
  • as ininsolence
  • as inugliness
  • as inhideousness
  • as incoarseness
  • as inunsightliness

Synonyms for offensiveness

  • abuse
  • arrogance
  • audacity
  • brass
  • brazenness
  • cheek
  • chutzpah
  • contempt
  • contemptuousness
  • contumely
  • effrontery
  • gall
  • guff
  • hardihood
  • impertinence
  • impudence
  • incivility
  • insubordination
  • lip
  • pertness
  • presumption
  • rudeness
  • sass
  • sauce
  • back talk
  • uncivility
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Antonyms for offensiveness

  • approval
  • carefulness
  • caution
  • humility
  • manners
  • meekness
  • modesty
  • politeness
  • respect
  • shyness
  • timidity
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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR OFFENSIVENESS

"Nay, that is no answer," he cried, overlooking my offensiveness.

Lastly he turned to me to complete this gross work of offensiveness.

But the English, when translated, was bald and blunt to the verge of offensiveness.

But it was the Baby who saw what was to be done if his parent was to be delivered from his own offensiveness.

You must apologize for its offensiveness, or you will be arrested, sir.

"I will not apologize for its offensiveness," he said firmly.

All their offensiveness notwithstanding, they have a stately flight.

I felt him come toward me by the sharp irradiation of offensiveness.

Germans are no better; so it must be racial, this offensiveness.

Their sinister defiance and rudeness in grappling him increased in offensiveness.

WORD ORIGIN

"attacking" (1540s), "insulting" (1570s), both from Middle French offensif (16c.) and directly from Medieval Latin offensivus, from Latin offens-, past participle stem of offendere "offend" (see offend). Related: Offensively; offensiveness.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR OFFENSIVENESS

coarseness

nounrudeness, vulgarity

ugliness

noununattractiveness
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