Obscene meaning

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Offensive to one's feelings, or to prevailing notions, of modesty or decency; lewd.
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The definition of obscene is offensive, indecent or disgusting.

An example of something obscene is a curse word.

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Exceptionally repugnant to the contemporary standards of decency and morality within the community; grossly obnoxious to the notions of acceptable behavior.
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Disgusting; repulsive.
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(law) Designating or of books, films, etc. which when judged by contemporary community standards, are found to appeal to a prurient interest in sex, be patently offensive, and have no serious artistic, scientific, or social value.
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Origin of obscene

  • Latin obscēnus

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Ultimately from the Latin obscÄ“nus, obscaenus, perhaps via Middle French; compare the Modern French obscène.

    From Wiktionary