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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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8, which was the highest mean for level of offensiveness and a 22.
He is a man of mixed blood, referred to as 'coloured' in this nation that has yet to rid itself of racial colloquialisms (although the term 'coloured' does not carry racial offensiveness and there is no frenetic search to find a substitute ethnic description, no desperate semantics parallelling attempts to implant the African American and uproot the negro in the US).
Apart from their personal offensiveness, such remarks play into the hands of Euro-sceptics who want Britain to keep Germany at arm's length.
By carefully analyzing societal layers, such as demographics, psychographics, acculturation, religion, politics, cultural nuances and offensiveness, the company ensures every translation resounds with its particular audience.
His offensiveness to so many decent Britons and people abroad suggests that this hugely wealthy gob at the wheel thought the rules applied to the little people, but not to him.
Molly downplays the offensiveness of the joke, responding, "Really?
INANSWERtoWilliam Davies''s letter (ECHO Jan 3) on the smoking ban in public places, my original letter was concerned not so much with the health effects of passive, or second-hand, tobacco smoke, more to its offensiveness to non-smokers, who are in the vast majority.
Still, is it hypocritical for a company to fire a highly-paid shock jock for offensiveness, around the same time that his ratings are lagging?
They settled on "We're All In This Together" after being persuaded by its extraordinary offensiveness.
We became aware of the extremity of the offensiveness Thursday morning," said Johnson.
That particular comment, from a BBC employee, didn't have the same level of offensiveness.
But with the recent religious paranoia of Muslim Jihadists, in the eighties and nineties, and the current brazen offensiveness of homosexual political activists, the time has come to cut off their censorship of free speech.