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Adjective
Unpleasant or disgusting to the senses
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“Two months afterwards, not only was her general health restored, but she had given up her injurious and offensive habit of spitting.”
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Unpleasant or disgusting to look at
“I'm just glad we will be spared the sight of this offensive spectacle.”
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Having a bad or unpleasant odor
“The bread offered to her had a peculiar, highly offensive smell.”
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Related to, or for the purpose of, attack rather than defense
“An air defense effectiveness indicator in offensive operations should reflect the extent of air superiority of the friendly forces.”
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Having a tendency or propensity to attack or be hostile
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“Numerous and varied reasons may account for a country's decision to adopt an offensive military doctrine.”
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Causing someone to feel resentful, upset, or annoyed
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“There will be people who find the above image highly offensive and insensitive.”
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Causing distress or emotional turmoil
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“In sum, this process of recollection should occur without re-traumatizing one's self through re-living the offensive experience and the pain associated therewith.”
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Abhorrent, deserving of condemnation
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“These are vile and offensive acts that are imposed upon another unwanting person.”
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Disturbing or frightening to one's senses
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“However, no earth could shift to cover up the offensive sight of death.”
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Vulgar or indecent in nature or quality
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“The hearing officer concluded that the speech was lewd and offensive to many students and faculty who attended the assembly.”
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Not acceptable, especially by the usual standards of decency or civility
“Website moderators stay behind the scenes of online communities, helping users resolve issues safely and policing offensive and unacceptable posts.”
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Very bad or unpleasant, especially to the senses
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Lacking consideration for others
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Contemptuously ridiculing or mocking someone or something
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Deserving hatred and contempt
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Causing anger, offense, or a strong negative reaction
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Pushy or aggressively assertive or brash
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(informal, of a person) Having an unreasonable disposition or character
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Not previously encountered
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Contrary to the laws and customs of society, in a way that causes annoyance and disapproval in others
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Offensively or unfairly discriminating
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Cheap and gaudy
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Prohibited or restricted by social custom
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Noun
An attacking military campaign
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“This year under considerable pressure from the army, the president gave the go-ahead for a military offensive against separatist guerillas in Aceh.”
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A state of armed conflict between different countries or different groups within a country
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Something or someone that one vehemently dislikes
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Violent or hostile behavior
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An instance of bashing
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The act of cleaning or tidying something
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