DIFFER: offensive, derogatory, insulting, rude


offensive, derogatory, insulting, rude

These words all describe remarks or behaviour that cause offence or distress, unconsciously or intentionally.

based on oxforddictionaries.com

Offensive remarks or behaviour make someone hurt, upset, or angry, whether or not the speaker realizes or intends this:
the wording was unnecessarily offensive | the work is trite and offensive to women.
An offensive term for a person, such as someone of a particular ethnic type, may offend others, not just those of that ethnicity.

A derogatory comment is deliberately intended to express a low opinion of someone or something:
derogatory racial remarks | I found myself repelled by the use of derogatory nicknames.

Insulting language or behaviour shows a lack of respect. It is generally, but not necessarily, intended to upset or annoy. Even if it's not the intended reult, the speaker is not usually worried if ir occurs:
the Minister's reply is arrogant and insulting | the cartoon is insulting to men.

Someone who is rude ignores the rules of good manners. They show a lack of consideration for other people's feelings, either in what they say or in their manner:
'None of your business', was his rude reply.

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