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Having a bad odor or taste:
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  1. Having a bad odor or taste:
  2. Violating accepted standards or rules; dishonorable:
  3. (Printing) Containing errors or marked with changes
Being so far behind in repayment as to be considered a loss:
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  1. Being so far behind in repayment as to be considered a loss:
  2. Severe; intense:
  3. Not achieving an adequate standard; poor:
Not appropriate or becoming; unseemly:
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  1. Not appropriate or becoming; unseemly:
  2. Offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty; lewd or vulgar:
  3. Offensive to good taste
(Archaic) Deserving of or liable to censure.
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  1. (Archaic) Deserving of or liable to censure.
  2. Very unpleasant; objectionable; offensive
  3. (Archaic) Exposed or subject to harm, injury, or evil:
Arousing or deserving hatred or strong dislike.
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  1. Arousing or deserving hatred or strong dislike.
  2. Disgusting, disgraceful, hateful, vile, loathsome, scandalous. See also odium. Disgusting, disgraceful, hateful, vile, loathsome, scandalous. See also odium.
  3. Extremely unpleasant; repulsive:
Expressing contemptuous reproach; scornful or abusive:
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  1. Expressing contemptuous reproach; scornful or abusive:
  2. Bringing disgrace; shameful or infamous:
  3. Tending to cause opprobrium.
Hard to get along with; quarrelsome
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  1. Hard to get along with; quarrelsome
  2. Not to one's taste; unpleasant; offensive
  3. Exciting repugnance; offensive to the feelings or senses; displeasing; unpleasant.
Unattractive, dislikable, objectionable.
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  1. Unattractive, dislikable, objectionable.
Opposed or contrary (to)
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  1. Opposed or contrary (to)
  2. Feeling repugnance or loathing.
  3. Causing disgust, hatred, etc.; detestable
Deserving to be reprehended
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  1. Deserving to be reprehended
  2. Blameworthy, censurable, guilty.
  3. Deserving rebuke or censure:
That is or should be detested; hateful; execrable; odious
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  1. That is or should be detested; hateful; execrable; odious
  2. Inspiring or deserving abhorrence or scorn.
Tending to repel or drive off:
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  1. Tending to repel or drive off:
  2. Characterized by, or having the nature of, repulsion
  3. Causing strong dislike or aversion; disgusting; offensive
Causing repugnance; distasteful; offensive; disagreeable
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  1. Causing repugnance; distasteful; offensive; disagreeable
  2. Arousing disgust or aversion; offensive or repulsive:
  3. Contradictory; inconsistent
Having an effect like that of a heavy blow or shock; staggering
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  1. Having an effect like that of a heavy blow or shock; staggering
  2. Highly offensive to good taste, propriety, etc.; extremely revolting
  3. (Colloquial) Extremely bad
Very unpleasant; disagreeable.
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  1. Very unpleasant; disagreeable.
  2. Causing a feeling of horror; terrible; dreadful; frightful
  3. (Informal) Very bad, ugly, shocking, unpleasant, etc.
Extremely disagreeable; offensive.
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  1. Extremely disagreeable; offensive.
  2. Causing a feeling of horror; terrible; revolting
  3. Very bad, ugly, unpleasant, etc.
Causing great harm or fear; terrible:
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  1. Causing great harm or fear; terrible:
  2. Horrible to see, hear, etc.; very ugly or revolting; dreadful
  3. Repulsive, especially to the sight; revolting.
Able to resist the absorption of liquid, esp. water, to a limited extent
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  1. Able to resist the absorption of liquid, esp. water, to a limited extent
  2. Serving or tending to repel something, especially insects:
  3. Resistant or impervious to a substance. Often used in combination:
Causing nausea; nauseous.
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  1. Causing nausea; nauseous.
  2. Causing disgust, revulsion or loathing
Offensive and unfair:
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  1. Offensive and unfair:
  2. Tending to rouse ill will, animosity, or resentment:
  3. Such as to excite ill will, odium, or envy; giving offense
Causing nausea; sickening:
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  1. Causing nausea; sickening:
  2. (Usage Problem) Affected with nausea.
  3. Feeling nausea; nauseated
Engaged in revolt; rebellious
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  1. Engaged in revolt; rebellious
  2. Causing revulsion; disgusting; repulsive; offensive; loathsome
  3. That which revolts or is repelling.
Unpleasant to taste
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  1. Unpleasant to taste
  2. Unpleasant; disagreeable:
  3. Having a bad or foul taste.
Lacking reverence; not pious.
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  1. Lacking reverence; not pious.
  2. Lacking respect or dutifulness, as toward a parent
  3. Lacking due respect or dutifulness:
Constituting blasphemy.
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  1. Constituting blasphemy.
  2. Characterized by blasphemy; irreverent or profane
  3. Committing or tending to commit blasphemy.
That cannot be spoken
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  1. That cannot be spoken
  2. Unfit or not permitted to be spoken or described.
  3. Inexpressibly bad or objectionable:
Under a curse; ill-fated
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  1. Under a curse; ill-fated
  2. Deserving to be cursed; damnable; abominable
  3. Being under a curse; doomed.
Not utterable; incapable of being spoken or voiced; inexpressible; ineffable; unspeakable.
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  1. Not utterable; incapable of being spoken or voiced; inexpressible; ineffable; unspeakable.
  2. Impossible to pronounce:
  3. (Rare) That cannot easily be pronounced
Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking:
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  1. Extremely unpleasant; distasteful or shocking:
  2. Inspiring dread; terrible or awesome
  3. Very bad, offensive, disagreeable, etc.
Unpleasant; disagreeable:
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  1. Unpleasant; disagreeable:
  2. Extremely formidable:
  3. Very bad, unpleasant; disagreeable, etc.
Causing repugnance; gruesome.
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  1. Causing repugnance; gruesome.
  2. Terrifying; horrible; ghastly
Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal.
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  1. Like a ghost in appearance; deathlike; pale; pallid; dismal.
  2. Extremely bad.
  3. Extremely unpleasant or bad:
Involving bloodshed; with much killing or wounding
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  1. Involving bloodshed; with much killing or wounding
  2. Of, like, or containing blood
  3. Accompanied by or giving rise to bloodshed:
Full of or characterized by bloodshed and violence.
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  1. Full of or characterized by bloodshed and violence.
  2. Characterized by much bloodshed or slaughter
  3. Full of, covered with, or like gore; bloody
Guilty of such a crime
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  1. Guilty of such a crime
  2. (Law) Convicted of a crime, such as treason or felony, that carries a severe punishment. No longer in technical use.
  3. Causing or deserving a bad reputation; scandalous; outrageous
(Informal) Very unpleasant or unappealing:
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  1. (Informal) Very unpleasant or unappealing:
  2. (Archaic) Feeling or showing hate; malicious; malevolent
  3. Nasty, unpleasant, objectionable, etc.
Below others in status or rank; lowly:
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  1. Below others in status or rank; lowly:
  2. Lacking strength or vigor; weak:
  3. Violating standards of morality or decency; base:
Deteriorated from the normal or standard
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  1. Deteriorated from the normal or standard
  2. (Obs.) Changed from a sound condition to an unsound one; spoiled; contaminated; rotten
  3. Containing errors or alterations, especially ones that prevent proper understanding or use:
Painful or dangerous; grave:
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  1. Painful or dangerous; grave:
  2. Exasperatingly difficult to solve or handle:
  3. Very dangerous, troublesome, grievous, etc.
Not bright and clear in color; somewhat dull or drab. Often used in combination:
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  1. Not bright and clear in color; somewhat dull or drab. Often used in combination:
  2. Spreading dirt; polluting:
  3. Extremely unfortunate or regrettable:
Morally defiled.
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  1. Morally defiled.
  2. Morally impure; unchaste, obscene, or vile
  3. Dirty; filthy; foul
Vile; nasty:
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  1. Vile; nasty:
  2. Full of filth; disgustingly foul
  3. Covered or smeared with filth; disgustingly dirty.
Disgusting or revolting
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  1. Disgusting or revolting
  2. Revolting or disgusting; loathsome:
  3. Causing sickness or disgust.
Very harmful, dangerous, or virulent
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  1. Very harmful, dangerous, or virulent
  2. Having or showing ill will; malicious:
  3. Causing or likely to cause death
Repugnant; nasty:
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  1. Repugnant; nasty:
  2. Having the disagreeable odor or taste of decomposing oils or fats; rank.
  3. Having the bad smell or taste of stale fats or oils; spoiled
Arousing disgust; repugnant.
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  1. Arousing disgust; repugnant.
  2. Causing disgust; repulsive; distasteful.
Filthy; foul
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  1. Filthy; foul
  2. Containing, or having the nature of, feces
  3. Full of foul or impure matter; fecal.
(Slang) Well supplied or oversupplied (with)
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  1. (Slang) Well supplied or oversupplied (with)
  2. Extremely contemptible; nasty:
  3. Sick or unwell:
Caused or produced by vermin
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  1. Caused or produced by vermin
  2. Actively unpleasant, contemptible, or otherwise reminiscent of vermin.
  3. Infested with vermin.
Upsetting or horrifying by association with death or injury; gruesome:
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  1. Upsetting or horrifying by association with death or injury; gruesome:
  2. Constituting or including a representation of death.
  3. Grim and horrible; gruesome; ghastly
(Informal) Very disagreeable or unpleasant
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  1. (Informal) Very disagreeable or unpleasant
  2. Causing, showing, or proceeding from decay
  3. Of extremely poor quality; atrocious or contemptible:
Morally base or evil; wicked; depraved; sinful
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  1. Morally base or evil; wicked; depraved; sinful
  2. Highly disagreeable or most inferior; very bad: a generalized term of disapproval
  3. Degrading; low; mean
Mixed with another, usually inferior substance; adulterated.
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  1. Mixed with another, usually inferior substance; adulterated.
  2. Mixed so as to lack purity in color, tone, style, etc.
  3. Deriving from more than one source, style, or convention; eclectic:
Of or resembling a beast; bestial.
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  1. Of or resembling a beast; bestial.
  2. Very disagreeable; unpleasant.
  3. Of, like, or characteristic of a beast; bestial, brutal, etc.
Horrible; hideous; shocking
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  1. Horrible; hideous; shocking
  2. Extremely immoral or cruel:
  3. Very unnatural or abnormal in shape, type, or character
Composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture.
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  1. Composed of large parts or particles; of inferior quality or appearance; not fine in material or close in texture.
  2. Lacking in refinement or good taste; vulgar; crude
  3. Of low, common, or inferior quality.
Characterized by or indulging in humor that is vulgar and lewd.
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  1. Characterized by or indulging in humor that is vulgar and lewd.
  2. Characterized by coarse or vulgar joking or mocking; esp., dealing with sex in a humorously earthy or direct way
Harmful to the mind or morals; corrupting:
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  1. Harmful to the mind or morals; corrupting:
  2. Morally injurious; corrupting; unwholesome
  3. Harmful to living things; injurious to health:
Causing loathing; disgusting; abhorrent; detestable
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  1. Causing loathing; disgusting; abhorrent; detestable
Unequivocally detestable; loathsome:
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  1. Unequivocally detestable; loathsome:
  2. Nasty and disgusting; vile; loathsome
  3. Highly unpleasant; disagreeable; very bad
Having a foul smell; fetid.
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  1. Having a foul smell; fetid.
  2. Offensive, disgusting, etc.
  3. (Slang) Very bad, unsatisfactory, etc.
Deserving of execration; hateful.
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  1. Deserving of execration; hateful.
  2. Very inferior; of poorest quality
  3. Extremely inferior; very bad:
Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus:
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  1. Containing, discharging, or causing the production of pus:
  2. Of, like, containing, or discharging pus
Offensive to one's feelings, or to prevailing notions, of modesty or decency; lewd
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  1. Offensive to one's feelings, or to prevailing notions, of modesty or decency; lewd
  2. (--- Law) Of or relating to materials that can be regulated or criminalized because their depiction of nudity, sex, or excretion is patently offensive and without artistic or scientific value.
  3. (Law) Designating or of books, films, etc. which when judged by contemporary community standards, are found to appeal to a prurient interest in sex, be patently offensive, and have no serious artistic, scientific, or social value
Causing great injury, destruction, or ruin; fatal; deadly
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  1. Causing great injury, destruction, or ruin; fatal; deadly
  2. (Rare) Wicked; evil
  3. Tending to cause death or serious injury; deadly:
Soiled with smut
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  1. Soiled with smut
  2. Pornographic or indecent
  3. Affected with plant smut
Deserving damnation
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  1. Deserving damnation
  2. Deserving condemnation; odious.
  3. Deserving to be sworn at; outrageous; execrable
Not appropriate; unsuitable.
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  1. Not appropriate; unsuitable.
  2. Not compatible or sympathetic, as in character.
  3. Not pleasing; disagreeable
Not pleasing; disagreeable.
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  1. Not pleasing; disagreeable.
  2. Not pleasant.
  3. Not pleasant; offensive; disagreeable
Not pleasant or attractive; disagreeable:
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  1. Not pleasant or attractive; disagreeable:
Causing disgust or shock; horrifying.
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  1. Causing disgust or shock; horrifying.
  2. (Informal) Unpleasant; annoying
  3. Shocking; terrible
(Figuratively) Highly improper.
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  1. (Figuratively) Highly improper.
  2. Having a bad odor
  3. Having a bad odor; foul.
Looking dangerous, threatening, or disagreeable; repellent
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  1. Looking dangerous, threatening, or disagreeable; repellent
  2. Unpleasant; disagreeable:
  3. Highly unpleasant or disagreeable
Acting or serving to oppose; antagonistic:
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  1. Acting or serving to oppose; antagonistic:
  2. Moving in an opposite or opposing direction:
  3. Contrary to one's interests or welfare; harmful or unfavorable:
Unfriendly; hostile:
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  1. Unfriendly; hostile:
  2. Like an enemy; hostile; unfriendly
  3. Injurious or harmful in effect; adverse:
Not going, or getting along, well together; incongruous, conflicting, discordant, etc.
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  1. Not going, or getting along, well together; incongruous, conflicting, discordant, etc.
  2. Producing an undesirable effect when used in combination with a particular substance:
  3. (Logic) That cannot be simultaneously true; mutually exclusive.
(Obs.) Without flavor; tasteless
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  1. (Obs.) Without flavor; tasteless
  2. Unpleasant to taste or smell
  3. Of bad taste; distasteful.
Impossible to tolerate or endure; unbearable:
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  1. Impossible to tolerate or endure; unbearable:
  2. Not tolerable; unbearable; too severe, painful, cruel, etc. to be endured
Not pleasant or agreeable:
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  1. Not pleasant or agreeable:
  2. Unpleasant to the taste
  3. Not pleasing to the taste:
Unsatisfactory.
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  1. Unsatisfactory.
  2. Not satisfactory; unsatisfactory
  3. Causing dissatisfaction.
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  1. (Music) Not in harmony; discordant
  2. Lacking accord or agreement
  3. Not harmonious; discordant, in conflict, etc.
  1. Not compatible; mismatched
  2. Not suited for a specific purpose
  3. Not wearing a suit.
Open to objection
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  1. Open to objection
  2. Deserving disapproval; offensive:
  3. Offensive and arousing disapproval; worthy of objection.
Irritating; vexing; bothersome
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  1. Irritating; vexing; bothersome
  2. Causing vexation or irritation; troublesome:
  3. Causing irritation or annoyance; troublesome; vexatious.
Having or showing a strong aversion or repugnance
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  1. Having or showing a strong aversion or repugnance
  2. Opposed or antagonistic in character, tendency, etc.
  3. Causing a feeling of antipathy; repugnant
Cursed
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  1. Cursed
  2. Perverse; stubborn.
Resembling or related to a blanket.
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  1. Resembling or related to a blanket.
Excellent; exceptional:
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Unpleasantly sticky or gluey
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  1. Unpleasantly sticky or gluey
  2. Very distasteful; disgusting
  3. Cloyingly sweet or sentimental
Contemptibly trivial:
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  1. Contemptibly trivial:
  2. (Informal) Being or appropriate to a small, remote, unimportant community or region
  3. (US, colloquial, pejorative) Of an inhabited place, small, insignificant, backward
Shabby and filthy; sordid; squalid
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  1. Shabby and filthy; sordid; squalid
  2. Affected with, caused by, or resembling mange.
  3. Mean and low; despicable
Of or like rum
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  1. Of or like rum
  2. Odd, strange, or dangerous; rum.
Making or given to making snide remarks:
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  1. Making or given to making snide remarks:
  2. Mocking or derogatory in a malicious or ironic way:
  3. Characterised by low cunning and sharp practise.
(US, informal) costing 25 cents
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  1. (US, informal) costing 25 cents
  2. (Slang) Worth very little; petty or insignificant:
  3. (US, idiomatic, slang) insignificant or worthless
Not pertinent or suitable
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  1. Not pertinent or suitable
  2. Not showing proper respect or manners; insolent; impudent
  3. Exceeding the limits of propriety or good manners; improperly forward or bold:
(Obsolete) Immodest.
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  1. (Obsolete) Immodest.
  2. Offensively bold or disrespectful; insolent or impertinent.
Containing insult, or having the intention of insulting.
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  1. Containing insult, or having the intention of insulting.
The experience or beginning of a feeling, need, or desire:
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  1. The experience or beginning of a feeling, need, or desire:
  2. An episode or onset of a disease, especially an occurrence of a chronic disease:
  3. Scoring ability or potential:
An intrusion or encroachment:
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  1. An intrusion or encroachment:
  2. An entering or being entered by an attacking military force
  3. The act of invading, especially the entrance of an armed force into a territory to conquer.
A violent physical attack, as with blows.
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  1. A violent physical attack, as with blows.
  2. A strong or cutting verbal attack.
  3. The close-combat phase of an attack
Very cruel, evil, brutal, etc.
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  1. Very cruel, evil, brutal, etc.
  2. Extremely evil or cruel; monstrous:
  3. Very bad, unpleasant, offensive, inferior, etc.
Arousing disgust; repugnant.
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  1. Arousing disgust; repugnant.
  2. Causing disgust; repulsive; distasteful.
Morally detestable; wicked:
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  1. Morally detestable; wicked:
  2. Entangled or enwrapped:
  3. (Archaic) Ugly; unattractive.
(Archaic) Bristling; shaggy; rough
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  1. (Archaic) Bristling; shaggy; rough
  2. Very bad, ugly, unpleasant, etc.
  3. Causing a feeling of horror; terrible; revolting
Exasperatingly difficult to solve or handle:
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  1. Exasperatingly difficult to solve or handle:
  2. Painful or dangerous; grave:
  3. Unpleasant or annoying:
Causing nausea; nauseous.
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  1. Causing nausea; nauseous.
  2. Causing disgust, revulsion or loathing
Resistant or impervious to a substance. Often used in combination:
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  1. Resistant or impervious to a substance. Often used in combination:
  2. Inspiring aversion or distaste; repulsive.
  3. Serving or tending to repel something, especially insects:
Characterized by, or having the nature of, repulsion
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  1. Characterized by, or having the nature of, repulsion
  2. Tending to repel or drive off:
  3. Causing strong dislike or aversion; disgusting; offensive
Engaged in revolt; rebellious
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  1. Engaged in revolt; rebellious
  2. Causing revulsion; disgusting; repulsive; offensive; loathsome
  3. That which revolts or is repelling.
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  1. Causing sickness or disgust.
  2. Disgusting or revolting
  3. Revolting or disgusting; loathsome:
Bad, vile, repulsive, offensive, objectionable, etc.
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  1. Bad, vile, repulsive, offensive, objectionable, etc.
  2. Marked by or inclined to anger or bad feelings; disagreeable:
  3. Repulsive or offensive; objectionable:
Not conducive to morality; morally harmful:
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  1. Not conducive to morality; morally harmful:
  2. Not sound; diseased; tainted; impaired; defective.
  3. Not conducive to good health; unhealthy:
Offensive to the senses or sensibilities; repulsive; disgusting
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  1. Offensive to the senses or sensibilities; repulsive; disgusting
  2. Highly disagreeable or most inferior; very bad: a generalized term of disapproval
  3. Morally depraved; ignoble or wicked:
Severe; intense:
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  1. Severe; intense:
  2. Vulgar or obscene:
  3. Not achieving an adequate standard; poor:
Exciting repugnance; offensive to the feelings or senses; displeasing; unpleasant.
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  1. Exciting repugnance; offensive to the feelings or senses; displeasing; unpleasant.
  2. Hard to get along with; quarrelsome
  3. Not to one's taste; unpleasant; offensive
Unattractive, dislikable, objectionable.
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  1. Unattractive, dislikable, objectionable.
Not compatible or sympathetic, as in character.
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  1. Not compatible or sympathetic, as in character.
  2. Not appropriate; unsuitable.
  3. Not pleasing; disagreeable
Not pleasing; disagreeable.
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  1. Not pleasing; disagreeable.
  2. Not pleasant.
  3. Not pleasant; offensive; disagreeable
Very distasteful; disgusting
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  1. Very distasteful; disgusting
  2. Unpleasantly sticky or gluey
  3. Cloyingly sweet or sentimental
Repugnant; disgusting.
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  1. Repugnant; disgusting.
  2. (Slang) Unpleasant, disgusting, etc.
  3. (Colloquial, often childish) Of something highly offensive; causing aversion or disgust.
Forceful, assertive, or overbearing behavior or attitudes:
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  1. Forceful, assertive, or overbearing behavior or attitudes:
  2. The practice or habit of taking hostile actions or launching military attacks:
  3. An unprovoked attack or warlike act; specif., the use of armed force by a state in violation of its international obligations
A violent physical attack, as with blows.
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  1. A violent physical attack, as with blows.
  2. A strong or cutting verbal attack.
  3. The close-combat phase of an attack
An expression of strong criticism; hostile comment:
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  1. An expression of strong criticism; hostile comment:
  2. The experience or beginning of a feeling, need, or desire:
  3. Scoring ability or potential:
An effort or a try.
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  1. An effort or a try.
  2. The intentional and overt taking of a substantial step toward the commission of a crime that falls short of completing the crime. The mere planning of a crime, as well as soliciting another to commit the crime, does not constitute an attempt to commit the crime. Attempt is a crime distinct from the offense that the criminal was attempting to commit. Various legal tests are used to determine when, between planning a crime and committing it, a person’s actions constitute an attempt. See also conspiracy and solicitation. The intentional and overt taking of a substantial step toward the commission of a crime that falls short of completing the crime. The mere planning of a crime, as well as soliciting another to commit the crime, does not constitute an attempt to commit the crime. Attempt is a crime distinct from the offense that the criminal was attempting to commit. Various legal tests are used to determine when, between planning a crime and committing it, a person’s actions constitute an attempt. See also conspiracy and solicitation.
  3. An attack; an assault:
The person, army, etc. that is attacking
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  1. The person, army, etc. that is attacking
  2. The act of creating resentment, hurt feelings, displeasure, etc.
  3. The team in possession of the ball or puck, or those players whose primary duty is to attempt to score.
A forward rush or flow.
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  1. A forward rush or flow.
  2. A headlong dash forward; strong onward rush
  3. A violent physical or verbal attack; an assault.
(Linguistics) The part of a syllable that precedes the nucleus. In the word nucleus (no͝o&STRESS;klē-əs), the onset of the first syllable is (n), the onset of the second syllable is (kl), and the last syllable has no onset.
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  1. (Linguistics) The part of a syllable that precedes the nucleus. In the word nucleus (no͝o&STRESS;klē-əs), the onset of the first syllable is (n), the onset of the second syllable is (kl), and the last syllable has no onset.
  2. (Archaic) An attack by military forces; an assault.
  3. An attack; assault
An overwhelming outpouring:
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  1. An overwhelming outpouring:
  2. A violent attack.
A concerted refusal by employees to go on working, in an attempt to force an employer to grant certain demands, as for higher wages, better working conditions, etc.
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  1. A concerted refusal by employees to go on working, in an attempt to force an employer to grant certain demands, as for higher wages, better working conditions, etc.
  2. An attack, especially a military air attack on a single group of targets.
  3. (Sports) A scoring attempt, often resulting in a goal.

Synonym Study

  • Abominable is applied to that which is execrably offensive or loathsome
  • That is abhorrent which is regarded with extreme repugnance or disgust
  • That is repugnant which is so distasteful or offensive that one offers strong resistance to it
  • Obnoxious is applied to that which is very objectionable to one and causes great annoyance or discomfort by its presence
  • Detestable refers to that which arouses vehement dislike or antipathy
  • Odious stresses a disagreeable or offensive quality in that which is hateful
  • Hateful is applied to that which provokes extreme dislike or aversion
  • offensive, the most neutral and mildest of the words treated here, refers to that which evokes dislike or aversion
Find another word for offensive. In this page you can discover 168 synonyms, antonyms, idiomatic expressions, and related words for offensive, like: foul, bad, indecent, assaulting, attacking, invading, obnoxious, odious, opprobrious, disagreeable and displeasing.