Obscene Definition

ŏb-sēn, əb-
adjective
obscener, obscenest
Offensive to one's feelings, or to prevailing notions, of modesty or decency; lewd.
Webster's New World
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.
Webster's New World
Disgusting; repulsive.
Webster's New World
So extreme in amount as to be objectionable or outrageous.
American Heritage
Exceptionally repugnant to the contemporary standards of decency and morality within the community; grossly obnoxious to the notions of acceptable behavior.
Webster's New World Law
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Other Word Forms of Obscene

Adjective

Base Form:
obscene
Comparative:
obscener
Superlative:
obscenest

Origin of Obscene

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

    From Wiktionary

  • Latin obscēnus

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

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