Definition of obscene in English:

obscene

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Pronunciation: /əbˈsiːn
 
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adjective

1(Of the portrayal or description of sexual matters) offensive or disgusting by accepted standards of morality and decency: obscene jokes
More example sentences
  • Mr Danby suggests rules which include deleting mail containing obscene, racist or offensive material.
  • Football chants are cruel, obscene, offensive, sometimes downright sick and often very funny.
  • They had already beaten up and name-called other boys from his school, and subjected girls to obscene sexual innuendo.
Synonyms
pornographic, indecent, salacious, smutty, X-rated, lewd, rude, dirty, filthy, vulgar, foul, coarse, crude, gross, vile, nasty, disgusting, offensive, shameless, immoral, improper, immodest, impure, indecorous, indelicate, unwholesome, scabrous, off colour, lubricious, risqué, ribald, bawdy, suggestive, titillating, racy, erotic, carnal, sensual, sexy, lascivious, lecherous, licentious, libidinous, goatish, degenerate, depraved, amoral, debauched, dissolute, prurient;
informal blue, porn, porno, raunchy, sick
British informal near the knuckle, fruity, saucy
euphemistic adult
rare ithyphallic, Fescennine, Cyprian
1.1Offending against moral principles; repugnant: using animals' skins for fur coats is obscene
More example sentences
  • If only she could express it without employing obscene moral parallels.
  • The obscene inequalities of wealth dividing rich and poor nations must be reduced.
  • The principal explanation lies in the obscene moral inversion of victim culture.
Synonyms

Origin

late 16th century: from French obscène or Latin obscaenus 'ill-omened or abominable'.

Derivatives

obscenely

adverb
More example sentences
  • New Zealand, I hope you'll rise to the challenge and set an example for other obscenely beautiful countries to follow.
  • Although slavery is now illegal, in some countries workers on coffee farms are paid obscenely low wages to work in the hot sun handpicking the cherries.
  • Lots of footballers go, and some of the rooms are palatial, but others are teeny-weeny; I think it's obscenely overpriced for what it is.

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