Phrases with "offensive"

Her remarks were often most offensive and odious in the mouth of a woman of her age. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

Caroline Lamb Had he betrayed in his manner to Calantha that freedom, that familiarity so offensive in men, but yet so frequent amongst them, she would yet have shuddered. Glenarvon by Caroline Lamb [1816]

Charles Stur Water still remained, but it was horridly thick, and in the morning smelt so offensive that it was loathsome to ourselves and the animals. Narrative of an expedition into Central Australia by Charles Stur

George Meredith More offensive than debris of a midnight banquet! An American tour is instructive, though not so romantic. The Egoist by George Meredith [1879]

The egoistic nations to the north and the south of us entered into an offensive and defensive alliance to put down, the new altruistic commonwealth, and declared war against us. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

All faces glowed in an aureole of animation, but none grew angry, no one spoke the harsh, offensive words so familiar to her. Mother by Maksim Gorky

Why do you gasp? You don’t suppose I should be afraid of getting married? That supposition would be offensive . Chance by Joseph Conrad [1913]

He contented himself with his wife’s promise that she would never again present that offensive view of the case, and she did not remain without a certain support in his sturdy self-assertion. The Rise of Silas Lapham by William Dean Howells

Arthur Conan Doyle My knowledge on these subjects may be second only to your own, but I certainly shall not answer questions which have been put in so offensive a way. The Case Book of Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle [1927]

But he quickly recovered himself, and avoiding the anxious glances of his father and brother, answered with offensive lightness: “I have nothing to do with that. That Affair Next Door by Anna Katharine Green

Anthony Trollope But, nevertheless, she felt that the language which this man had used to her would be offensive to her husband if he knew that it had been used when they two were alone together. Is He Popenjoy? by Anthony Trollope [1878]

H. Rider Haggard Indeed, in Kukuanaland, as among the Germans, the Zulus, and the Masai, every able-bodied man is a soldier, so that the whole force of the nation is available for its wars, offensive or defensive. King Solomon’s Mines by H. Rider Haggard

He did not perceive how cruel and offensive was his persistence. The Widow Lerouge by Émile Gaboriau

G. K. Chesterton Indeed, I do not know whether the Jingo or the Pacifist found us the more offensive and objectionable. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Discredited by lapse of time and offensive to the popular taste, as an old book. The Devil’s Dictionary by Ambrose Bierce [1911]

Therefore, on putting his foot on board his vessel, moored within cannon-shot of the island, the captain of the musketeers had already got together all his means, offensive and defensive. The Man in the Iron Mask by Alexandre Dumas [1850]

It was not an offensive pridequite the contrary: and with those they knew well they were cordial and free. Seen in the Moonlight by Ellen Wood [1875]

H. G. Wells He was interviewed briefly by a young man dressed and speaking with offensive precision, whose eye adhered rigidly to the waterproof collar throughout the interview. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

We may admit that Gibbon was not without bias of another kind, and that his tone is often very offensive when he seeks to depreciate the evidence of the sufferings of the early confessors. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

The idea of resuming the offensive after she had been forced to act on the defensive for months past pleased her. Serge Panine by Georges Ohnet [1881]

Arnold Bennett The which was incomprehensible and offensive to Hilda. She was in a prison with her mother, and saw no method of escape, saw not so much as a locked door, saw nothing but blank walls. Hilda Lessways by Arnold Bennett [1911]

And yet amongst this infinite number of globes there was not the least glaring or offensive light, but only what was agreeable to the people themselves. Life and Adventures of Peter Wilkins by Robert Paltock [1751]

Play and significant offensive tactics were undoubtedly blended in the pastimes of the cassowary. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Thomas Paine If there is a sin superior to every other, it is that of wilful and offensive war. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Arthur Conan Doyle Well, at least you are better than that herd of swine in Vienna, whose gregarious grunt is, however, not more offensive than the isolated effort of the British hog. The Lost World by Arthur Conan Doyle [1912]

Isabella Bird The institutions of the States do not date from the military ages of the world, and the Federal Constitution has made no provision for offensive war. The Englishwoman in America by Isabella Bird [1856]

The 1st of July offensive was beneficial and a very happy affair. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

But even as he went, he was meditating a prompt, offensive return. The Ebb-Tide by Robert Louis Stevenson and Lloyd Osbourne

Thomas Paine It is tedious and unmeaning, and only a repetition of your former follies, with here and there an offensive aggravation. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Samuel Johnson It must be observed that he is stained with no enormous or sanguinary crimes, so that his licentiousness is not so offensive but that it may be borne for his mirth. Preface to Shakespeare by Samuel Johnson [1765]

Victor Hugo The problem was to turn that human rock from a defensive to an offensive state. The Man Who Laughs by Victor Hugo [1869]

They (the Government) are preparing a counter-revolution; and we shall answer with an offensive which will be merciless and decisive. Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

Elizabeth Gaskell But I must not have Miss Hale spoken of in that way, which, you know, is offensive to me. North and South by Elizabeth Gaskell [1854]

Wilkie Collins He burst out with an oath; and added the in tolerable question, already three times repeated by others: “How did you get here?” The tone was even more offensive than the oath. Little Novels by Wilkie Collins [1887]

Anthony Trollope It contained a recommendation with reference to the slave question most offensive to a part of the cabinet, and to the majority of Mr. Lincoln’s party. North America by Anthony Trollope

Radclyffe Hall Mrs. Breakspeare had shaken her head over Mary, but in these harassed days of the German offensive she could not afford to remain shorthanded, so in spite of many misgivings she had kept her. The Well of Loneliness by Radclyffe Hall

What such an offensive loafer . The Shadow Line by Joseph Conrad [1917]

George Gissing He was, in truth, as offensive a young imp as the soil of a middle-class boarding-school could well produce. The Unclassed by George Gissing [1883]

T. E. Lawrence The German offensive in France was stripping him of troops. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

It was a disagreeable, an offensive word—a word, or rather an appellation, which the clever young doctor had not heard applied to himself for a good many years. From Out the Vasty Deep by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1920]

His appeal for alms falls not more vexingly upon the ear than his offensive personality smites hard upon the eye. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Rudyard Kipling Very many Americans have an offensive habit of referring to natives as ‘heathen. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

Marie Corelli The other evening at the Club that little Vicomte de Lorgne was chattering in his usual offensive manner about women, and Leigh astonished everyone by the way in which he pulled him up. The Master-Christian by Marie Corelli [1900]

It was as I thought: Hunsden had expected me to take with calm his incorrect and offensive surmises, his bitter and haughty taunts; and himself was chafed by a laugh, scarce louder than a whisper. The Professor by Charlotte Bronte [1857]

Robert Louis Stevenson Sure, an offensive expression, however vivacious, appears a wonderfully small affair in circumstances so extreme! But here there is a strange thing to be noted. The Master of Ballantrae by Robert Louis Stevenson

Arthur Morrison The air was offensive with the characteristic smell of Weech’s — the smell of stale pickles. A Child of the Jago by Arthur Morrison

Anthony Trollope When we go among garlic eaters, we condemn them because they are offensive to us; but to judge of them properly we should ascertain whether or no the garlic be offensive to them. North America by Anthony Trollope

Nellie Bly There is no sitting for hours, as is often the case in English trains, face to face and knees to knees with a stranger, offensive or otherwise, as he may chance to be. Around the World in Seventy-Two Days by Nellie Bly [1890]

Algernon Blackwood The official, as a natural result, became still more suspicious and, of course, offensive too. The Bright Messenger by Algernon Blackwood [1922]

H. G. Wells He found that offensive word beating upon his mind. Babes In The Darkling Woods by H. G. Wells [1940]

Arthur Machen I did not suspect him for a moment of leg-pulling of an offensive and vicious kind. The Children of the Pool by Arthur Machen

George Gissing Side by side they walked in quick step, as to the beating of a drum; eyes direct, as looking along a barrel, ears pricked for the millionth echo of an offensive remark. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

George Meredith The “We are all of one family” was an offensive truism, of which Adela might justly complain. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Jane Austen If, in the explanation of them, which is due to myself, I am under the necessity of relating feelings which may be offensive to yours, I can only say that I am sorry. Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen [1813]

Thomas Paine But I will go still further; General Conway, who made the motion, in the British Parliament, for discontinuing offensive war in America, is a gentleman of an amiable character. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

Leon Trotsky On the morning of the fifth I met Lenin. The offensive by the masses had been beaten off. My Life by Leon Trotsky

H. G. Wells He made a wide detour to his seat at the end table, and so, and by a singular rectitude of bearing and a dignified expression, showed himself aware of Lewisham’s offensive presence. Love and Mr Lewisham by H. G. Wells [1900]

The offensive tone in question is confined to these two chapters. Gibbon by James Cotter Morison [1878]

Living in such a place damned you even in the eyes of Lambeth Cut. Women sniffed when you passed them, men took an offensive interest in you. A Clergyman’s Daughter by George Orwell

Jules Verne Before the man could reply, a fresh agitation arose; hurrahs and excited shouts were heard; the staffs of the banners began to be used as offensive weapons; and fists flew about in every direction. Around the World in 80 Days by Jules Verne [1873]

Samuel Johnson In his economy he practised a peculiar and offensive parsimony, without disguise or apology. Lives of the Poets by Samuel Johnson

Henry James She was as eccentric as Isabel had always supposed; and hitherto, whenever the girl had heard people described as eccentric, she had thought of them as offensive or alarming. Portrait of a Lady by Henry James [1881]

Andrew Lang Defensive gear kept pace with offensive weapons. Homer and His Age by Andrew Lang

The brute was offensive to me from the hour I joined. The Black Mask by E. W. Hornung [1901]

How offensive and revolting death was! How odious! I felt very badly about it When we reached home grandfather had already prepared the samovar and laid the table. In the World by Maksim Gorky

T. E. Lawrence Our third resource to ruin their offensive was to hinder the railway, whose need would make them split up the striking force on defensive duties. Seven Pillars of Wisdom by T. E. Lawrence [1926]

Elizabeth Gaskell But she would sulk for hours after Mrs. Bullock’s offensive praise of her good points. Mr. Harrison’s Confessions by Elizabeth Gaskell [1851]

If the Government had prosecuted him for writing anything offensive to them, refusing to believe that it was put in to amuse the Tories, transportation might very easily have been the penalty. Daniel Defoe by William Minto [1879]

Anthony Trollope In expressing such an opinion, however, I am far from wishing to utter anything which may be irritating or offensive to your feelings. The Kellys and the O’Kellys by Anthony Trollope

Arthur Morrison Indeed, the Perkins demeanor began to change for the worse, to be significant of a miserly retirement and an offensive alienation from the rest of the street. Tales of Mean Streets by Arthur Morrison

General Johnston withdrew Beauregard’s army to Corinth, in northern Mississippi, where he hoped so to recruit and equip it as to enable it to assume the offensive and retake the lost territory. What I Saw of Shiloh by Ambrose Bierce [1881]

To aim at succinctness and brevity merely, as some teach, is to practice a kind of quackery almost as offensive as the charlatanry of rhetoric. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

H. G. Wells This Camelford was an offensive cynic. The Autocracy of Mr. Parham by H. G. Wells [1930]

The yard was full of cross, tired workmen, untidy cooks, and washer-women, and every evening I saw disgusting sights so offensive to me that I wished that I was blind. In the World by Maksim Gorky

E. Phillips Oppenheim If your plan of the British offensive in the North Sea and the Mediterranean has already been delivered I must change my scheme. The Spymaster by E. Phillips Oppenheim [1938]

This bleating lamb calls himself the “Sacred Singer,” and has managed to get that pleasing title into the newspapers until it is become as offensive as himself. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

Olaf Stapledon This time the offensive went on and on. Last Men in London by Olaf Stapledon

Anthony Trollope Of course I understand perfectly —” “You understand what, Lily?” But she had stopped herself, fearing that she might say that which would be offensive to him if she continued. The Small House at Allington by Anthony Trollope

Other slanders of an even more offensive nature got abroad. The Life of Sir Richard Burton by Thomas Wrigh

Maxim Gorky General Kornet’s widow took a dislike to the girls and tried to get rid of them by doing every kind of offensive thing to them. Reminiscences of Leo Nikolaevich Tolstoy by Maxim Gorky

Anthony Trollope If soot be thrown at a chimney-sweeper the joke is innocent, but very offensive when it is thrown at you. Dr. Wortle’s school by Anthony Trollope

H. G. Wells It made extraordinary noises as though it was gritting its teeth, and emitted a blue vapour with an offensive smell. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

To the warnings of the righteous they oppose an offensive pretence of disbelief. Tales of Unrest by Joseph Conrad [1898]

The opportunity to get rid of an offensive Federal official must of course be very tempting, and after all the shooting was a trifle hasty and not altogether justifiable. “Way Down in Alabam” by Ambrose Bierce [1903]

Charles Dickens Your presence here is offensive to me and distressful to my niece. Barnaby Rudge by Charles Dickens [1841]

Walter Scott An embroidered girdle sustained, in lieu of offensive weapons, an inkhorn with its appurtenances on the one side, on the other a knife for the purposes of the table. The Betrothed by Walter Scott [1825]

For a directer insult, an offensive gesture, one fierce word, he would have hammered the road with the Provost. But he was helpless before the bland, quivering lie. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Jack London He was not prone to rashness and precipitate action; and in the bitter hatred between him and Spitz he betrayed no impatience, shunned all offensive acts. The Call of the Wild by Jack London [1903]

Robert Louis Stevenson This last part will be much less offensive (strange to say) to the Germans. It is Becker they will never forgive me for; Knappe I pity and do not dislike; Becker I scorn and abominate. Vailima Letters by Robert Louis Stevenson

Here the pus was extremely offensive when evacuated, and exhibited vibros under the microscope. On the Antiseptic Principle of the Practice of Surgery by Joseph Lister [1867]

It causes a great nausea in the stomach, if even the slave touches the cup with greasy hands, while he licks up snacks, or if offensive grime has adhered to the ancient goblet. The Works of Horace by translated literally into English prose by Christopher Smar

He sent the boy to the White Fathers in Malacca. This was not a very expensive sort of education, but she could not forgive him for not casting the offensive child away utterly. Because of the Dollars by Joseph Conrad [1915]

Anthony Trollope Herbert had not been rusticated; had not got into debt, at least not to an extent that had been offensive to his father’s pocket; he had not been plucked. Castle Richmond by Anthony Trollope

The impetus of the rush carried Scevola several yards down the hill, before he could turn round and assume an offensive attitude. The Rover by Joseph Conrad [1923]

Olaf Stapledon Yes, and with that air of aristocratic and offensive superiority which camels innocently wear. A Man Divided by Olaf Stapledon

Arnold Bennett He was a horrible and offensive old man. Clayhanger by Arnold Bennett [1910]

Kate Chopin He at once explained that the black woman’s offensive conduct was all due to imperfect training, as he was not there to take her in hand. The Awakening by Kate Chopin

Wilkie Collins The answer received was as offensive as words could make it. No Name by Wilkie Collins [1862]

I called to speak to Lord Thralldom and sent in my card, but he refused to see me and I was informed to that effect in an offensive message by the mouth of the same footman. The Hidden Door by Arthur Gask [1934]

She was distracted from the hand she held by the hand that gripped her shoulder — before its owner had time to realize how offensive to his normal habits such a grip was. The Greater Trumps by Charles Williams

By this means the two confederates for offensive measures were enabled the more securely to begin their concerted operations. I Promessi Sposi by Alessandro Manzoni

Anthony Trollope Gratitude is almost as offensive as pity. The Three Clerks by Anthony Trollope

Mark Twain If she had had any lingering notion of exposing Alfred Temple, Tom’s offensive fling had driven it entirely away. The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain [1876]

H.P. Lovecraft At first all that Lake found was dry, but as the heated tent produced its thawing effect, organic moisture of pungent and offensive odor was encountered toward the thing’s uninjured side. At the Mountains of Madness by H.P. Lovecraft [1931]

Leon Trotsky The third conflict of a strategic nature arose in connection with Yudenich’s offensive against Petrograd. This incident was described in an earlier chapter, and need not be gone over again. My Life by Leon Trotsky

They hoisted each other up on the wall, and sat there in a row being offensive until it was time for them to go to their beds. The Franchise Affair by Josephine Tey

H.P. Lovecraft There were even bold souls who proposed an offensive expedition down in the glen, though they did not venture to set an actual example to the still reluctant majority. The Dunwich Horror by H.P. Lovecraft [1928]

Sir Walter Scott He was above the middle size, and of strength sufficient to bear with ease the weight of his weapons, offensive and defensive. A Legend of Montrose by Sir Walter Scott [1819]

Edith Wharton Was it possible that he had ever thought leniently of the egregious Popple? The tone of social omniscience which he had once found so comic was now as offensive to him as a coarse physical touch. The Custom of the Country by Edith Wharton [1913]

H. G. Wells It would have saved multitudes of casualties and greatly facilitated the opening phases of the Allied offensive in 1918. An Experiment in Autobiography by H. G. Wells

Sinclair Lewis Cy could not have returned the bottle; he came staggering toward her — taking time to make himself offensive to every girl on the way and to dance a jig. Main Street by Sinclair Lewis

Anthony Trollope This carelessness on such matters was very offensive to Mr Dobbes, who loved discipline and exactitude. The Duke’s Children by Anthony Trollope

Jane Austen There is always something offensive in the details of cunning. Persuasion by Jane Austen [1818]

Sir Walter Scott But it once or twice happened that the aristocratic pride of the far-descended knight took a flight too offensive to the feelings of the representative of the typographer. The Antiquary by Sir Walter Scott [1816]

And from all this dirty linen which they were throwing about there issued an offensive odor in the warm atmosphere. L’Assommoir by Émile Zola

H.P. Lovecraft This unkemptness, however, made him offensive despite his face and figure. The Picture in the House by H.P. Lovecraft [1920]

All critics are agreed that this book contains passages offensive to delicacy, and some say to morality. A Short Biographical Dictionary of English Literature by John W. Cousin [1910]

Robert Louis Stevenson Then followed a prolonged and strident hissing as from the indignant pit; an offensive stench seized them by the throat; the room was filled with dense and choking fumes. The Dynamiter by Robert Louis Stevenson

Sir Walter Scott In his girdle he wore a long and double-edged dagger, which was the only offensive weapon about his person. Ivanhoe by Sir Walter Scott [1820]

My words about Yevgeny Nikolaitch uttered casually and in jest you have taken in quite a wrong sense, and have ascribed to them a meaning deeply offensive to me. A Novel in Nine Letters by Fyodor Dostoyevsky [1847]

John, with his hands in his pockets, strutted across the yard, still watching Gilmour with that silent, offensive look. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

But, personally, I don’t wish to have anything more to do with Mr. Buck. I thought his manner most offensive the last time I went to see him. What Really Happened by Marie Belloc Lowndes [1926]

George Gissing Do get into some less offensive connection. Born in Exile by George Gissing [1891]

Rudyard Kipling You could not be offensive or partisan to me. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

Anthony Trollope He had made himself very offensive to Roden at their last interview, and could see at a glance that Roden remembered it. Marion Fay by Anthony Trollope [1882]

F. Scott Fitzgerald Finally, he was gone, with the shadowy unimportance but the offensive bulk of the third party. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

Edward Jenner The cow-pox, it seems, from the doctor’s information, was communicated to the farmer from his cows at the time that they gave out an offensive stench from their udders. On Vaccination Against Smallpox by Edward Jenner

The standard of reputability requires that dress should show wasteful expenditure; but all wastefulness is offensive to native taste. The Theory of the Leisure Class by Thorstein Veblen

Sir,” he concluded with chilling austerity, “I infer from their proverb that your countrymen are the most offensive blockheads in existence. The Land Beyond the Blow by Ambrose Bierce

Arthur Conan Doyle It was only when she saw him turbulent in controversy, violent to pressmen, and generally offensive to those around him, that she felt he was really in a fair way to recovery. The Land of Mist by Arthur Conan Doyle [1926]

I thought this nonsense had gone far enough, so I brought the conversation back to Mr. Wilde; but he was scanning my face again in a manner highly offensive to me. The King in Yellow by Robert W. Chambers

Mark Twain They went away finally with a closing burst of ridicule and offensive epithets. The Innocents Abroad by Mark Twain

On this Ibsen presently acted in a manner very offensive to Björnson. Henrik Ibsen by Edmund Gosse

James Payn Against this healthy animalism we protest, by calling it rude health; and to those who are of a less powerful constitution, it is naturally an offensive spectacle. Mirk Abbey by James Payn [1866]

It’s almost as offensive to ask a man when his book will be out as to ask a woman when she’ll be delivered. The House with the Green Shutters by George Douglas Brown [1901]

Anthony Trollope Fond as I am of Miss Effingham, I cannot justify her, and must acknowledge that she used the most offensive phrase she could find, on purpose to annoy her aunt. Phineas Finn by Anthony Trollope

G. K. Chesterton But there is a way of despising the dandelion which is not that of the dreary pessimist, but of the more offensive optimist. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

Rudyard Kipling I cannot, for the same reason, be offensive to you. Traffics and Discoveries by Rudyard Kipling [1904]

It was now proposed to forestall his offensive by delivering a naval attack upon Spain. Essex was suddenly converted to the plan. Elizabeth and Essex by Lytton Strachey [1928]

Leon Trotsky A point of view that the war which began as one of defense should be turned into an offensive and revolutionary war began to grow and acquire strength. My Life by Leon Trotsky

Anatole France If you hesitate, it will be favoring the offensive return of Garain. He is a traitor. The Red Lily by Anatole France [1894]

Wilkie Collins No offensive weapon being found in his pockets, they allowed him to sit down unmolested in the nearest chair. A Rogue’s Life by Wilkie Collins [1879]

Arthur Conan Doyle So offensive was her manner during that last day, that I should certainly have left had it not been for that interview with my host in the evening which would, I hoped, retrieve my broken fortunes. Tales of Terror and Mystery by Arthur Conan Doyle [1923]

F. Scott Fitzgerald A listless band played a tango and a dozen couples covered the wide floor with those elaborate and dainty steps so offensive to the American eye. Tender is the Night by F. Scott Fitzgerald

H. G. Wells His behaviour became offensive and obscene and he is under restraint. Men Like Gods by H. G. Wells [1923]

Each word uttered seems to begin with a T’hu or T’ha, producing a sound like that of spitting sharply at an offensive object. Journal of a Cruise on the Tanganyika Lake by John Hanning Speke [1864]

Anthony Trollope But though a vain man, Sir Lionel was too clever to let his vanity show itself in an offensive manner. The Bertrams by Anthony Trollope [1859]

Elizabeth Gaskell Besides, after Mr. Wilkins’s speeches that evening — but he was candid enough to acknowledge that, bad and offensive as they had been, if they had stood alone they might have been condoned. A Dark Night’s Work by Elizabeth Gaskell [1864]

Investigation again proved that an innocent lizard parading as an offensive snake had lost its life. My Tropic Isle by E. J. Banfield

Samuel Johnson In some places it has an offensive smell. A Journey to the Western Isles of Scotland by Samuel Johnson

Anthony Trollope There had not been another word between her and her husband as to the manner in which the thing was to be done, and she had determined that the offensive word should pass altogether out of her memory. The Prime Minister by Anthony Trollope

Wilkie Collins His politeness was (if possible) even more offensive than his insolence. The Two Destinies by Wilkie Collins [1876]

Anthony Trollope So they sat silent, and he was rejoiced when he saw those offensive words, Popham Villa, on the posts of his gateway. Ralph the Heir by Anthony Trollope [1871]

George’s manner to him had been somewhat offensive to him on more than one occasion since — well, since Tom Halliday’s death. Charlotte’s Inheritance by Mary Elizabeth Braddon [1868]

George Gissing Was Rhoda doing this on purpose? Her face, when at length she entered, made it seem probable’, a cold dignity, only not offensive haughtiness, appeared in her bearing. The Odd Women by George Gissing [1892]

Jackies for Sailors. Vulgar, and especially offensive to seamen. Write it Right by Ambrose Bierce [1909]

At that I became really angry, and instead of defending myself I assumed the offensive in my turn;—I forgot that he was Rosette’s brother, and I rushed at him as if he were my mortal enemy. Mademoiselle de Maupin by Théophile Gautier [1835]

H. G. Wells He sought in his mind for some offensive thing to say, and his face grew dark. The Reconciliation by H. G. Wells [1895]

Anthony Trollope They would have declared that family pride was her daily pabulum, and she herself would have said so too, calling it, however, by some less offensive name. Framley Parsonage by Anthony Trollope

Anthony Trollope It is generally considered an offensive thing for a gentleman to keep his seat while another is kept standing before him, and we presume the same law holds with regard to ladies. Barchester Towers by Anthony Trollope

Henry Handel Richardson The least he could have done, said Richard, was to ride out and make up for his offensive behaviour of the night before. The Way Home by Henry Handel Richardson

Goldwin Smith Yet in these letters there is hardly a touch of offensive egotism. Cowper by Goldwin Smith [1880]

Charles Dickens After the adjournment, Mr. A. stepped up to Vinyard, and requested him to retract, which he refused to do, repeating the offensive words. American Notes for General Circulation by Charles Dickens [1842]

Henry Handel Richardson Maurice, to whom nothing was more offensive than the tone of bravado in which she flaunted subjects of this nature, was stung to retaliation. Maurice Guest by Henry Handel Richardson

Arnold Bennett He was in a state exceedingly offensive to the eye and to the nose. The Old Wives’ Tale by Arnold Bennett [1908]

Lord Arglay looked at them, and for a moment it seemed to him an offensive thing that another handwriting should be mixed with theirs. Many Dimensions by Charles Williams [1931]

He would never be offensive to you or any one. My Childhood by Maksim Gorky

I mean nothing offensive either to swells or to actors. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells

Rudyard Kipling He got his leave, and that night at Mess was noisier and more offensive than ever. Plain Tales from the Hills by Rudyard Kipling [1888]

The Christian belfry which continues it is not in offensive discord with the structure below; its other difference in form and spirit achieves an impossible harmony. Familiar Spanish Travels by William Dean Howells

Walter Scott I was compelled to glide as gently away from each offensive topic, as if I touched red hot iron. Quentin Durward by Walter Scott [1823]

George Gissing A silly woman, but scarcely an offensive one; probably in intimacy capable of making herself delightful and something more. Isabel Clarendon by George Gissing [1886]

Edward Bellamy No value of service is accepted as a set-off to boorish or offensive manners. Looking Backward From 2000 to 1887 by Edward Bellamy

Theodore Dreiser His big hands and feet indicated a day when he had not worn the best English cloth suits and tanned leather, but his presence was not in any way offensive — rather the other way about. The Financier by Theodore Dreiser

Thomas Paine But the most offensive falsehood in the paragraph is the attributing the prosperity of America to a wrong cause. The American Crisis by Thomas Paine

S.E. — O, O! P.C. —(Reads.) “It was the last night of the year — a naughty, noxious, offensive night. Negligible Tales by Ambrose Bierce

Leslie Stephen His absurd vanity, and the greedy craving for notoriety at any cost, would have made Boswell the most offensive of mortals, had not his unfeigned good-humour disarmed enmity. Samuel Johnson by Leslie Stephen [1878]

From passive loyalty to the Revolution the Cossacks have passed to an active political offensive (against it). Ten Days That Shook the World by John Reed

M. P. Shiel The air was heavy and hot, moist, noisome, an offensive smell pervading the place; but, tired of their night’s effort and failure, the two fell down and slept soundly. Children of the Wind by M. P. Shiel [1923]

H. Rider Haggard But either the owl was a real one this time, or else the Masai were themselves too miserable to think of offensive operations, which, indeed, they rarely, if ever, undertake in bush veldt. Allan Quatermain by H. Rider Haggard

Thomas Hardy Reason was powerless now; he must see her — right or wrong, fair or unfair to Manston — offensive to her brother or no. Desperate Remedies by Thomas Hardy [1871]

Amarig, Bernard, Hugo, and Anselm Were there, with thousands more, whose tongues were helm, Shield, sword, and spear, all their offensive arms, And their defensive to prevent their harms. Petrarch’s Triumphs by Petrarch

Wilkie Collins He was a mild, gentlemanlike man, looking like a foreigner, and his interest in our proceedings was not expressed in anything approaching to an offensive manner. The Woman in White by Wilkie Collins [1860]

They fell ill as often as ever, upsetting their stomachs with offensive poisons, and giv — ing one another detailed accounts of the progress of their illnesses. In the World by Maksim Gorky

Henry Kingsley Not offensive ones, on my honour. Ravenshoe by Henry Kingsley [1861]

Walter Scott Weapons offensive and defensive, several of them of strange and newly-invented construction, were scattered about the tented apartment, or disposed upon the pillars which supported it. The Talisman by Walter Scott [1825]

Rudyard Kipling The name of the place was something offensive — Amberville or Jacksonburgh — but it owned a cast-iron fountain worthy of a town of thirty thousand. From Sea to Sea by Rudyard Kipling [1899]

H. G. Wells Some mile or so of ground had been gained in that July offensive and less than 12,000 prisoners had been taken. The Shape of Things to Come by H. G. Wells [1933]

The very least that one can do for the offensive needy is to direct them to the nearest clothier. The Fiend’s Delight by Ambrose Bierce [1873]

It is offensive to his feelings, to his self-respect; it is something he will not do if he can get anybody else to do it for him. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

If you will excuse me here for being so frank, I would like to say something by way of illustration which may be offensive if you take it personally. A Traveler from Altruria by William Dean Howells

Edith Wharton And he was fixed in his resolve to withdraw absolutely from Westmore if the statement he had to make to Mr. Langhope was received with the least hint of an offensive mental reservation. Fruit of the Tree by Edith Wharton [1907]

George Meredith Has she come?” Arabella embraced the offensive girl in a hostess’s smile, and talked flowingly to the great lady. Sandra Belloni by George Meredith [1887]

Charles Dickens The many gas eyes of the Marine Parade twinkle in an offensive manner, as if with derision. The Uncommercial Traveller by Charles Dickens [1860]

After a pause, she addressed Priday more conversationally: “So you know nothing about the East Room?” “There’s no ‘so’ about it,” was the blunt, though not offensive reply. The Haunted Woman by David Lindsay [1922]

G. K. Chesterton I have met many men of his rank; some arrogant gentlemen; and a few really offensive gentlemen. Autobiography by G. K. Chesterton [1936]

John Galsworthy But the whole thing is so offensive to me, that I’m prepared to meet you over the money, though I tell you frankly I don’t believe a Jury would award a penny piece. The Silver Spoon by John Galsworthy

Thomas Hardy His clacker he had by this time thrown away from him, as being a mean and sordid instrument, offensive both to the birds and to himself as their friend. Jude the Obscure by Thomas Hardy

Leslie Stephen Jacobitism was becoming a sham, and therefore offensive to men of insight into facts. Swift by Leslie Stephen [1882]

Of course I refer to the ad pages; the rest of our exception is as offensive with pictures and scare heads as all the rest. Literature and Life by William Dean Howells