I consider [noun] [adjective].
usually means that I arrived at the conclusion that [noun] has the property described by [adjective]. However, when the adjective is offensive, this phrase has adopted an additional meaning, namely
I consider this statement offensive.
is often used to express that one is offended by the statement, which is not the same thing. For example not being Atlantean, I am not offended by the statement “All Atlanteans are mentally challenged and wear underpants on their head.”¹, but I still hold the opinion that it is offensive (or at least that it would be, if Atlantis were real).
With to consider sth. offensive being out of the game, what other concise construction can I use to express that I arrived at the conclusion that a statement is offensive – in a way that cannot be understood such that I express being offended by the statement? With other words: Which other, preferably verb-like phrase can I use to say that I literally consider something offensive?
¹ I am slightly offended by someone belonging to the same species at me uttering this statement, but that’s a different story.
This question arose in discussions about Stack Exchange moderation (which I cannot post here), where different interpretations of finding sth. offensive and considering sth. offensive lead to confusion. For example, a moderator could leave a comment on a post:
I deleted the last sentence of your answer because I consider it offensive.
As moderators should be neutral and do not act from personal motivation, it is desirable for a moderator to avoid the impression that he is offended and thus personally concerned with the issue. Hence to consider sth. offensive is a suboptimal choice here. I am looking for something to replace this.
Other alternatives that don’t work
to find sth. offensive
to regard sth. as offensive
These have the same problem as considering sth. offensive, i.e., they are also used in the meaning of to be offended. I also consulted a thesaurus for possible synonyms of consider, find, and regard that could be used instead, but I found none.
to hold the opinion that sth. is offensive
to arrive at the conclusion that sth. is offensive
These express the right thing, but are comparably convoluted in my opinion.
to literally consider sth. offensive
I cannot be certain that literally is understood as intended or that it is clear on what level I want to make things literal.