What is another word for offensiveness?

Pronunciation: [əfˈɛnsɪvnəs] (IPA)

Offensiveness is the ability to cause anger, resentment, or irritation in others. It is a negative trait that can make people feel uncomfortable and upset. There are various synonyms for offensiveness, such as insult, affront, indignity, outrage, provocation, and annoyance. Each of these terms refers to situations or actions that can cause offense to someone. Insults are verbal attacks that offend someone's dignity or self-respect. Affront suggests a deliberate attempt to offend or insult someone. Indignity is an act that causes a loss of dignity or honor. Outrage implies extreme anger or indignation caused by an offensive action. Provocation refers to an action or statement intended to provoke a strong response. Annoyance is a minor offense that causes irritation or frustration.

Synonyms for Offensiveness:

What are the hypernyms for Offensiveness?

A hypernym is a word with a broad meaning that encompasses more specific words called hyponyms.

What are the opposite words for offensiveness?

Offensiveness, a term used to describe something that is unpleasant, insulting or objectionable, has numerous antonyms. The opposite of offensiveness could be acceptability, agreeableness, amiability or benignity. It could also be described as politeness, kindness, civility or graciousness. Other antonyms may be courtesy, decorum, gentleness, appropriateness or tactfulness. These antonyms aim to emphasize the importance of treating others with respect and decency, regardless of differences in opinion, beliefs, or background. They reflect positive qualities that contribute to a harmonious and inclusive society where people can interact with one another without fear of hostility or hurtful behavior.

Usage examples for Offensiveness

There must always be something which shocks us in the behaviour, however otherwise innocent and decorous, of a woman who runs away from her husband with the assistance of her lover; but this quality of offensiveness is not, in such a case as the present one, a fault of the woman: it is one of her undeserved misfortunes, as much as is the bad treatment, the solitude, the temptation, to which she has been subjected.
"The Countess of Albany"
Violet Paget (AKA Vernon Lee)
By avoiding physiological arguments that children will not-cannot-believe contrary to their own eyes, parents and teachers are able to speak dogmatically of that which children will believe,-injuries to children, evils of excess, restrictions as to time and place, and offensiveness to nonsmokers.
"Civics and Health"
William H. Allen
His shirts and undergarments, of which he spoke with interest and readiness, were also perfect; and he not only made me feel in this respect like some rough bear of a Balzac, always in a dressing-gown, but even gave me, though quite without offensiveness, that and similar names.
"The Debit Account"
Oliver Onions

Famous quotes with Offensiveness

  • I never take offence at any genuine effort to wrest the truth or deduce a rational set of values from the confused phenomena of the external world. It never occurs to me to look for personal factors in the age-long battle for truth. I assume that all hands are really trying to achieve the same main object—the discovery of sound facts and the rejection of fallacies—and it strikes me as only a minor matter that different strivers may happen to see a different perspective now and then. And in matters of mere preference, as distinguished from those involving the question of truth versus fallacy, I do not see any ground whatever for acrimonious feeling. Knowing the capriciousness and complexity of the various biological and psychological factors determining likes, dislikes, interests, indifferences, and so on, one can only be astonished that any two persons have even approximately similar tastes. To resent another's different likes and interests is the summit of illogical absurdity. It is very easy to distinguish a sincere, impersonal difference of opinion and tastes from the arbitrary, ill-motivated, and irrational belittlement which springs from a hostile desire to push another down and which constitutes real offensiveness. I have no tolerance for such real offensiveness—but I greatly enjoy debating questions of truth and value with persons as sincere and devoid of malice as I am. Such debate is really a highly valuable—almost indispensable—ingredient of life; because it enables us to test our own opinions and amend them if we find them in any way erroneous or unjustified.
    H. P. Lovecraft

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