What does obscene mean?

Definitions for obscene
əbˈsinob·scene

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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"

Wiktionary

  1. obscene(Adjective)

    Offensive to current standards of decency or morality

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

  2. obscene(Adjective)

    Lewd or lustful

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

  3. obscene(Adjective)

    Disgusting or repulsive

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

  4. obscene(Adjective)

    Beyond all reason

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

  5. obscene(Adjective)

    Liable to deprave or corrupt

    Etymology: 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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Obscene

    ob-sēn′, adj. offensive to chastity: unchaste: indecent: disgusting: ill-omened.—adv. Obscene′ly.—ns. Obscene′ness, Obscen′ity, quality of being obscene: lewdness. [L. obscenus.]

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Numerology

  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obscene in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obscene in Pythagorean Numerology is: 9

Examples of obscene in a Sentence

  1. Havelock Ellis:

    It is only the great men who are truly obscene. If they had not dared to be obscene, they could never have dared to be great.

  2. Susan Sontag:

    For those who live neither with religious consolations about death nor with a sense of death (or of anything else) as natural, death is the obscene mystery, the ultimate affront, the thing that cannot be controlled. It can only be denied.

  3. D. H. Lawrence:

    One watches them on the seashore, all the people, and there is something pathetic, almost wistful in them, as if they wished their lives did not add up to this scaly nullity of possession, but as if they could not escape. It is a dragon that has devoured us all: these obscene, scaly houses, this insatiable struggle and desire to possess, to possess always and in spite of everything, this need to be an owner, lest one be owned. It is too hideous and nauseating. Owners and owned, they are like the two sides of a ghastly disease. One feels a sort of madness come over one, as if the world had become hell. But it is only superimposed: it is only a temporary disease. It can be cleaned away.

  4. Robert Bresson:

    In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene.

  5. Pastor Blair:

    I am beside myself with frustration that our tax dollars go to promote a drag queen show and safe sex events with carnival games that are obscene and graphic, yet when it comes to something like debating Darwinian evolution or talking about the literal Creation account of Genesis – well that kind of speech must be censored.

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