What does obscene mean?

Definitions for obsceneəbˈsin

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word obscene.

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"


  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

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.]


  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

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Karen Elizabeth Gordon:

    All phone calls are obscene.

  2. Groucho Marx:

    Women should be obscene and not heard.

  3. Robert Bresson:

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

  4. Matthew Benkendorf:

    The numbers can be obscene, particularly when you look at the general challenges we face as an economy and society.

  5. 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.

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