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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 the hunters, a little dark-eyed man whom his mates called "Smoke," was telling stories, liberally intersprinkled with oaths and obscenities; and every minute or so the group of hunters gave mouth to a laughter that sounded to me like a wolf- chorus or the barking of hell-hounds.
Zampa was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to using audible obscenities in an international match, a statement said.
The use of children as props and delivery systems for adult obscenities and turpitude is beyond deplorable.
But the obscenities Andanar and Panelo used, whether deliberate or inadvertent, also reflect one aspect of the Duterte presidency which has begun to lose its sinister sheen: the use of foul language as format and substitute for policy.
POLICE are hunting for a cyclist who grabbed a woman and shouted obscenities in the latest of a spate of similar incidents in Penarth.
Ancient Obscenities: Their Nature and Use in the Ancient Greek and Roman Worlds
WHY do so many of our young people seem to feel that it is acceptable to constantly pepper their speech with obscenities? Some cram their sentences with them, using the f-word for punctuation and emphasis in the most mundane of contexts.
HOLLYWOOD star Shia LaBeouf has been released after being taken out of a New York City theatre for allegedly being disorderly and yelling obscenities.
On the assumption that some pornographers contribute to an evolving socio-political discourse about sexual mores--certainly when they visualize a different nature of divinity than what s commonly espoused (42)--he surmised that they should be entitled to distribute their obscenities, including necessary rights of access, to a certain degree, to unwilling audiences.
I have heard mothers scream obscenities at their children when out shopping, so what chance have the kids got?
Then he allegedly drove around the cruiser and continued on his way, continuing to shout obscenities. Again the officer called for him to stop, and again the suspect shouted obscenities, Officer Miner said.
TV CHEF Conrad Gallagher was left stunned after a cocky Head Chef hopeful launched a barrage of obscenities at him.