What does obscene mean?

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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.


  1. obscene

    Obscene refers to something that is offensive, indecent, or inappropriate, typically in a sexual context. It can pertain to things like language, behavior, imagery, or any kind of content that is considered vulgar, lewd, or morally repugnant. What counts as obscene can often vary widely based on cultural, societal, or personal standards.

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. Aryeh Spero:

    This ad is vile and obscene, the exact opposite of the truth.

  2. New York:

    These incidents of vandalism have ranged from the tragic to the obscene, from the transparent to the inexplicable, there remains much we do not know about this phenomenon, but at a minimum, they underscore that our society is in sore need of God’s grace.

  3. Matthew Benkendorf:

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

  4. Bernie Sanders:

    This strike should send a message to corporate CEOs across the country, it is absolutely unacceptable for profitable corporations to provide obscene compensation packages to executives, while ripping off workers and their families.

  5. Summer Lee:

    I don't know that I could have conceptualized what $ 3 million looks like in three weeks. I think that sort of spending is obscene ; it's intentional.

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