Definition of obscene in English:
- 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.
- 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.
Late 16th century: from French obscène or Latin obscaenus 'ill-omened or abominable'.
The word obscene comes from Latin obscaenus ‘ill-omened or abominable’, a sense it could have into the 19th century. However, its primary sense in English has always been ‘offensive, indecent.’
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