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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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References in classic literature ?
I have never forgotten that number, and always it comes to memory attended by gibbering obscenity, peals of joyless laughter, the clang of iron doors.
To Philip it seemed crude and stupid; the naive obscenity--c'est la vie, mon cher, c'est la vie, he cried--the naive obscenity served only to emphasise the conventionality of the anecdote.
There is not an atom of Tom's slime, not a cubic inch of any pestilential gas in which he lives, not one obscenity or degradation about him, not an ignorance, not a wickedness, not a brutality of his committing, but shall work its retribution through every order of society up to the proudest of the proud and to the highest of the high.
They swaggered up and down the almost deserted pier, and hurled curses, obscenity, and stinging sarcasms at our crew.
He saw cowboys at the bar, drinking fierce whiskey, the air filled with obscenity and ribald language, and he saw himself with them drinking and cursing with the wildest, or sitting at table with them, under smoking kerosene lamps, while the chips clicked and clattered and the cards were dealt around.
A liberal education had of course left him free to read the indecent passages in the school classics, but beyond a general sense of secrecy and obscenity in connection with his internal structure, had left his imagination quite unbiassed, so that for anything he knew his brains lay in small bags at his temples, and he had no more thought of representing to himself how his blood circulated than how paper served instead of gold.
To Deprave and Corrupt: Obscenity Battles in British Law and Culture
Adam Zampa was heard using an audible obscenity by the umpires.
uObscenity: A debate in the last few years erupted as to what obscenity is.
Karachi -- Chief Justice of Pakistan Mian Saqib Nisar on Saturday expressed anger over obscenity aired on Pakistani TV channels.
The Hollywood/Showbiz Legion of Indecency again demonstrated its addiction to obscenity and contempt for morality at the recent Academy Awards ceremony.
He said education sector was their prime target as such forces wanted to change the mindset of youths by 'spreading obscenity through educational institutions'.