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Princeton's WordNet

  1. obsceneadjective

    designed to incite to indecency or lust

    "the dance often becomes flagrantly obscene"-Margaret Mead

  2. abhorrent, detestable, obscene, repugnant, repulsiveadjective

    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, salaciousadjective

    suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

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


  1. obsceneadjective

    Offensive to current standards of decency or morality

  2. obsceneadjective

    Lewd or lustful

  3. obsceneadjective

    Disgusting or repulsive

  4. obsceneadjective

    Beyond all reason

  5. obsceneadjective

    Liable to deprave or corrupt

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. OBSCENEadjective

    Etymology: obscene, Fr. obscœnus, Latin.

    Chemos th’ obscene dread of Moab’s sons. John Milton.

    Words that were once chaste, by frequent use grow obscene and uncleanly. Isaac Watts, Logick.

    A girdle foul with grease binds his obscene attire. Dryden.

    Home as they went, the sad discourse renew’d,
    Of the relentless dame to death pursu’d,
    And of the sight obscene so lately view’d. Dryden.

    Care shuns thy walks, as at the chearful light
    The groaning ghosts, and birds obscene take flight. Dryd.

    It is the sun’s fate like your’s, to be displeasing to owls and obscene animals, who cannot bear his lustre. Alexander Pope, Lett.

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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  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. Todd Phillips:

    War Dogs, there are a lot of movies that have been made about war, there are a lot of movies that have been made about soldiers and how patriotic they are, there haven't been a lot of movies that shine a light on the obscene amount of money that a small group of people make on war.

  2. Stacy Langton:

    I find it very dishonest of Brabrand to state that there is ‘no pedophilia’ and that the images are ‘not obscene’ when the images are objectively so, by any measure, and his counterpart in the next county agrees they are ‘inappropriate,’.

  3. Matthew Benkendorf:

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

  4. Anthony Fauci:

    I have threats upon my life, harassment of my family, and my children, with obscene phone calls because people are lying about me.

  5. Antonin Artaud:

    But how is one to make a scientist understand that there is something unalterably deranged about differential calculus, quantum theory, or the obscene and so inanely liturgical ordeals of the precession of the equinoxes.

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