Synonyms of offensive in English:

offensive

adjective

  • 1 offensive remarks
    insulting, insolent, derogatory, disrespectful, hurtful, wounding, abusive;
    annoying, exasperating, irritating, galling, provocative, outrageous;
    rude, impertinent, discourteous, uncivil, impolite;
    crude, vulgar, coarse, improper, indecent
    [Antonyms] complimentary, polite, courteous
  • 3 an offensive air strike
    hostile, attacking, aggressive, invading, incursive, combative, belligerent, on the attack
    [Antonyms] defensive
  • noun

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  • 1 a military offensive
    attack, assault, onslaught, drive, invasion, push, thrust, charge, sortie, sally, foray, raid, incursion, offense, blitz, campaign
  • Phrases

    take the offensive

    our fleet will take the offensive within the next 48 hours
    launch an attack, begin to attack, attack first, strike the first blow

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