of|fend|ing [əˈfendıŋ] adj [only before noun]
1.) the offending ...
the thing that is causing a problem - often used humorously
I decided to have the offending tooth removed.
2.) relating to or guilty of an illegal offence
offending behaviour
the offending vehicle
3.) making people feel angry or insulted
his offending remarks

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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