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English definition of “offensive”


adjective     /əˈfensɪv/
causing someone to feel upset and angry, often because of being rude: offensive to sb His comments were highly offensive to women. The channel ran a series of grossly offensive advertisements.
(Definition of offensive adjective from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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