Definition of obscenity in English:

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Pronunciation: /əbˈsenədē/

noun (plural obscenities)

1The state or quality of being obscene; obscene behavior, language, or images: the book was banned for obscenity
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  • Zine editors, we are told, feel they are immune to the restrictions of copyright, libel and obscenity laws, grammar, punctuation, spelling, and pagination.
  • First, while obscenity is illegal, pornography is not, when viewed by adults.
  • From common law libel to public obscenity to nude dancing to burning the flag, the Supreme Court has extended legal protection under the aegis of the First Amendment's clause protecting the freedom of speech.
indecency, immorality, impropriety, salaciousness, smuttiness, smut, lewdness, impurity, crudeness, vulgarity, dirtiness, dirt, filth, coarseness, crudity;
1.1An extremely offensive word or expression: the men scowled and muttered obscenities
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  • He carries 500 pages of juicy swear words and obscenities with him, which never leaves his hands.
  • Unfortunately, it is filled with obscenities and blasphemies of the highest order.
  • When the game was over, Drew stalked off, muttering obscenities under his breath.
informal cuss, cuss word
formal imprecation


Late 16th century: from French obscénité or Latin obscaenitas, from obscaenus (see obscene).

Words that rhyme with obscenity

lenity, serenity

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Syllabification: ob·scen·i·ty

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