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English definition of “offensive”


adjective (UPSETTING)    /əˈfen.sɪv/
B2 causing offence: This programme contains language that some viewers might find offensive. He told some really offensive sexist jokes. → Opposite inoffensiveRude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire unpleasant: offensive smellsSerious and unpleasantNot attractive to look atInformal words for bad offensively     /-li/ adverb offensiveness     /-nəs/ noun [U] Rude and cheekyRelating to sex and sexual desire
(Definition of offensive adjective (UPSETTING) from the Cambridge Advanced Learner's Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)
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