What does obscenity mean?

Definitions for obscenityəbˈsɛn ɪ ti, -ˈsi nɪ-

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

Princeton's WordNet

  1. obscenity, lewdness, bawdiness, salaciousness, salacity(noun)

    the trait of behaving in an obscene manner

  2. obscenity, smut, vulgarism, filth, dirty word(noun)

    an offensive or indecent word or phrase

  3. obscenity(noun)

    an obscene act


  1. obscenity(Noun)

    Something that is obscene.

    Martha wouldn't go into the art museum because, as she put it, "They have obscenities just sitting out, on display!"

  2. obscenity(Noun)

    An act of obscene behaviour.

    Bestiality was outlawed as an obscenity in the strongly conservative community.

  3. obscenity(Noun)

    Specifically, an offensive word; a profanity; a dirty word.

    Eliza couldn't stand her daughter's music; as she saw it, it was just shouted obscenities and a heavy drum beat.

  4. obscenity(Noun)

    The qualities that make something obscene; lewdness, indecency, or offensive behaviour.

    The coalition of religious conservatives was campaigning against, in their view, rampant obscenity in the entertainment industry.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Obscenity(noun)

    that quality in words or things which presents what is offensive to chasity or purity of mind; obscene or impure lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness; obsceneness; as, the obscenity of a speech, or a picture

  2. Origin: [L. obscentias: cf. F. obscnit.]


  1. Obscenity

    An obscenity is any statement or act which strongly offends the prevalent morality of the time. It is derived from the Latin obscaena a cognate of the Ancient Greek root skene, because some potentially offensive content, such as murder or sex, was depicted offstage in classical drama. The word can be used to indicate a strong moral repugnance, in expressions such as "obscene profits" or "the obscenity of war".


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of obscenity in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of obscenity in Pythagorean Numerology is: 4

Sample Sentences & Example Usage

  1. Bertrand Russell:

    Obscenity is what happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.

  2. Anaïs Nin:

    The violence and obscenity are left unadulterated, as manifestation of the mystery and pain which ever accompanies the act of creation.

  3. Bertrand Russell:

    It is obvious that 'obscenity' is not a term capable of exact legal definition in the practice of the Courts, it means 'anything that shocks the magistrate.'

  4. Jack Parsons:

    Remember that the Tarot is a great and sacred arcanum - its abuse is an obscenity in the inner and a folly in the outer. It is intended for quite other purposes than to determine when the tall dark man will meet the fair rich widow.

  5. Sydney Leathers:

    Pornographers should be fearful of any Republican candidates because historically speaking, Republicans are the ones who come after us with obscenity charges, republicans care an awful lot about the Second Amendment but not enough about the first. Like it or not, porn isn't illegal and this is a First Amendment issue.

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