Offensive and Unpleasant


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Offensive adjective – Causing intense displeasure, disgust, or resentment.
Usage example: the smell of rotting food is quite offensive

Unpleasant is a synonym for offensive in good topic. In some cases you can use "Unpleasant" instead the word "Offensive" as an adjective or an adverb, when it comes to topics like disgusting, disagreeable, displeasing, irritating.
Nearby Words: offend, offence, offensively
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Unpleasant adjective – Not giving pleasure to the mind or senses.
Usage example: the burnt pot roast had a very unpleasant odor

Offensive is a synonym for unpleasant in disagreeable topic. You can use "Offensive" instead the word "Unpleasant" as an adjective or an adverb, if it concerns topics such as property, good, repulsive, disgusting.
Nearby Words: unpleasantness, unpleasantly
Synonyms for Unpleasant

Things that words describes

manner offensive manner unpleasant manner
nature offensive nature unpleasant nature
type offensive type unpleasant type
way offensive way unpleasant way
Other nouns: characters, effects, actions, version, stereotype, ways, spells.

Both words in one sentence

  • Film / Little Miss Marker Uncle Tomfoolery: Some very unpleasant and offensive racial stereotyping in the presence of the slow-witted, goggle-eyed young black man working as a janitor at the racetrack.
  • Biff: Very offensive term for someone suffering from spina bifida, a rather unpleasant medical condition.
  • Blackface Sarah dressed up in a horribly stereotypical and offensive way, receiving very unpleasant remarks, thinking they actually thought she was black and their responses were genuine racism.
    Source: Blackface
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