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offensive

(Offending), adjective abhorrent, abusive, annoying, antipathetic, beneath contempt, biting, blasphemous, coarse, contemptible, contumelious, detestable, disagreeable, discourteous, disdainful, displeasing, disrespectful, distasteful, execrable, foul, gravis, harsh, hateful, heinous, hideous, horrible, horrid, ill-bred, impertinent, impious, impudent, inaffable, indecent, inharmonious, insolent, insulting, intolerable, invidious, irritating, loathsome, low, malignant, monstrous, nasty, nauseating, noxious, objectionable, obnoxious, odioous molestus, odious, offending, opprobrious, outrageous, peccant, putrid, reeking, repellent, repelling, repugnant, repulsive, revolting, ribald, rude, sarcastic, saucy, shocking, sickening, stinging, truculent, unbearable, uncivil, uncongenial, unendurable, ungracious, unmannered, unmannerly, unpalatable, unpleasant, unpleasing, unsavory, unspeakable, vile, wounding

offensive

(Taking the initiative), adjective aggressive, agitational, antagonistic, assailant, assailing, attacking, battling, bellicose, combative, contentious, disruptive, fighting, hostile, inciting, incursive, inflammatory, instigative, invading, invasive, militant, militaristic, provocative, provoking, unpacific, unpeaceful, warlike
See also: antipathetic, assault, bad, blatant, calumnious, contemptible, contemptuous, corrupt, culpable, flagrant, foray, gross, heinous, impertinent, inelegant, insolent, invidious, lewd, litigious, loathsome, lurid, noxious, objectionable, obnoxious, obscene, obtrusive, odious, onset, outrageous, peccant, presumptuous, profligate, pugnacious, reprehensible, repugnant, repulsive, salacious, scandalous, scurrilous, unacceptable, unbecoming, unendurable, unsatisfactory, unsavory, unseemly, vicious
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In the United States Lee took the offensive and marched his army north.
In response, many large firms took the offensive by establishing creative defenses.
This time, after Reagan used the line again, Mondale took the offensive and pointed out that Reagan had indeed tried to cut Medicare, by $20 billion.
In July, the Saudi-led coalition forces and resistance fighters took the offensive when they launched a big military from Aden, driving the rebels out of the city and other province in the south.
The kitted team awards began with the linemen of the year, Pete Cowler took the offensive plaudits for the second straight time while defensive end Kevin Mills capped a tremendous comeback season with the defensive award.
Car dealer Lookers took the offensive yesterday with a statement that full-year trading is up to expectations.
took the offensive, questioning Santa Barbara County District Attorney Tom Sneddon for more than three hours over a November 2003 search of the office of a private investigator hired by Jackson's former attorney.