Definitions for obsceneəbˈsin

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. offensive to morality or decency; indecent:

    obscene language.

  2. intended to stimulate sexual appetite or lust; lewd:

    obscene movies.

    Category: Common Vocabulary

  3. abominable; disgusting; repulsive.

Origin of obscene:

1585–95; < L obscēnus


Princeton's WordNet

  1. obscene(adj)

    designed to incite to indecency or lust

    "the dance often becomes flagrantly obscene"-Margaret Mead

  2. abhorrent, detestable, obscene, repugnant, repulsive(adj)

    offensive to the mind

    "an abhorrent deed"; "the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee"; "morally repugnant customs"; "repulsive behavior"; "the most repulsive character in recent novels"

  3. lewd, obscene, raunchy, salacious(adj)

    suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

    "lewd whisperings of a dirty old man"; "an indecent gesture"; "obscene telephone calls"; "salacious limericks"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. obscene(adjective)əbˈsin

    offensive because of relating to sex

    obscene language/pictures

  2. obsceneəbˈsin

    morally wrong or unjust

    Allowing that much violence in a movie is obscene.; obscenely rich people


  1. obscene(Adjective)

    Offensive to current standards of decency or morality

  2. obscene(Adjective)

    Lewd or lustful

  3. obscene(Adjective)

    Disgusting or repulsive

  4. obscene(Adjective)

    Beyond all reason

  5. obscene(Adjective)

    Liable to deprave or corrupt

  6. Origin: Ultimately from the obscenus, obscaenus, perhaps viâ ; compare the Modern obscène.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obscene

    offensive to chastity or modesty; expressing of presenting to the mind or view something which delicacy, purity, and decency forbid to be exposed; impure; as, obscene language; obscene pictures

  2. Obscene

    foul; fifthy; disgusting

  3. Obscene

    inauspicious; ill-omened

Translations for obscene

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


disgusting, especially sexually

obscene photographs.

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