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 (ŏb-sĕn′ĭ-tē, əb-)
n. pl. ob·scen·i·ties
1. The state or quality of being obscene.
2. Indecency, lewdness, or offensiveness in behavior, expression, or appearance.
3. Something, such as a word, act, or expression, that is indecent or lewd.
4. Something that is offensive or repulsive to the senses: "What had once been a gentle hill covered with lush grass turned into a brown obscenity of bare earth and smoke" (Tom Clancy).
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(əbˈsɛnɪtɪ) or


n, pl -ties
1. the state or quality of being obscene
2. an obscene act, statement, word, etc
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(əbˈsɛn ɪ ti, -ˈsi nɪ-)

n., pl. -ties.
1. the state or quality of being obscene.
2. something obscene, as a word or story.
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1. the cult of the obscene.
2. the worship of filth.
the vocabulary of obscenity; linguistic filthiness.
the act or policy of censorship or expurgation on moral grounds, after Anthony Comstock (1844-1915), campaigner against vice.
the habitual use of foul language.
a mania for foul speech.
1. the introduction of obscenity into art and literature.
2. obscene literature.
3. the study of obscene literature.
4. scatology.
a love of obscenity.
an abnormal interest in pornography.
any literature, film, or pictures that are judged obscene or indecent, especially because of sexual explicitness. — pornographer, n. — pornographic, adj.
the painting of sordid and obscene subjects. — rhyparographer, n.rhyparographic, adj.
the study of or preoccupation with excrement or obscenity. Also called coprology. — scatologic, scatological, adj.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.obscenity - the trait of behaving in an obscene mannerobscenity - the trait of behaving in an obscene manner
indecency - the quality of being indecent
smuttiness, dirtiness - obscenity in speech or writing
2.obscenity - an offensive or indecent word or phrase
nookie, nooky, piece of tail, roll in the hay, screwing, screw - slang for sexual intercourse
pecker, peter, putz, prick, tool, shaft - obscene terms for penis
Irish bull, crap, bull - obscene words for unacceptable behavior; "I put up with a lot of bullshit from that jerk"; "what he said was mostly bull"
bawdry, bawdy - lewd or obscene talk or writing; "it was smoking-room bawdry"; "they published a collection of Elizabethan bawdy"
scatology - a preoccupation with obscenity (especially that dealing with excrement or excretory functions)
profanity - vulgar or irreverent speech or action
prick, SOB - insulting terms of address for people who are stupid or irritating or ridiculous
peeing, pee - informal terms for urination; "he took a pee"
Fanny Adams, sweet Fanny Adams - little or nothing at all; "I asked for a raise and they gave me bugger-all"; "I know sweet Fanny Adams about surgery"
crap, turd, dirt - obscene terms for feces
3.obscenity - an obscene act
indecency, impropriety - an indecent or improper act
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2. Something that is offensive to accepted standards of decency:
Slang: raunch.
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خَلاعَه، فُحْش، بَذاءَه
klámfengi; klúryrîi


A. N
1. (= indecency) → obscenidad f, indecencia f
2. (= word) → palabrota f, grosería f (esp LAm), lisura f (Andes, S. Cone)
to utter obscenitiesproferir obscenidades
3. (fig) that thing is an obscenityesa cosa es una aberración
B. CPD the obscenity laws NPLlas leyes de obscenidad
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[əbˈsɛnəti] n
(= offensive language) → obscénité f
(= offensive word) → obscénité f
to yell obscenities at sb → hurler des obscénités à qn
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nObszönität f; he used an obscenityer benutzte or gebrauchte einen ordinären Ausdruck
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[əbˈsɛnɪtɪ] noscenità f inv
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(əbˈsiːn) adjective
disgusting, especially sexually. obscene photographs.
obˈscenely adverb
obscenity (-ˈse-) plural obˈscenities noun
an obscene act or word(s). He shouted obscenities at the police.
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One of Zhou's first orders of business was to revise the guidelines for folksong collecting activities, and while his changes were relatively limited, they were significant: the old stipulation that folksong collectors focus on "the singing of ordinary people in the country, vagrant girls, or unhappy women [that] is not related to obsceneness, but natural and interesting" was an obstacle that Zhou thought should be abolished.
The critics would say: Look, look, look what a big facade he's constructed to conceal the fact that he deals in obsceneness and corruption, but what's the point?