Simple Definition of obscene
: relating to sex in an indecent or offensive way
: very offensive in usually a shocking way
: so large an amount or size as to be very shocking or unfair
Full Definition of obscene
1 : disgusting to the senses : repulsive
2 a : abhorrent to morality or virtue; specifically : designed to incite to lust or depravity b : containing or being language regarded as taboo in polite usage <obscene lyrics> c : repulsive by reason of crass disregard of moral or ethical principles <an obscene misuse of power> d : so excessive as to be offensive <obscene wealth> <obscene waste>
Examples of obscene in a sentence
He was accused of making obscene phone calls.
He made an obscene gesture at the driver who cut him off.
The company's executives earn obscene salaries.
He spends an obscene amount of money on clothes.
Origin of obscene
Middle French, from Latin obscenus, obscaenus
First Known Use: 1593
Synonym Discussion of obscene
Rhymes with obscene
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OBSCENE Defined for Kids
Definition of obscene for Students
: very shocking to a person's sense of what is moral or decent
Additional Notes on obscene
The U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that obscene applies to materials that appeal predominantly to a prurient interest in sexual conduct, depict or describe sexual conduct in a patently offensive way, and lack serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value. Material or expression deemed obscene by the court is not protected by the free speech guarantee of the First Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.
Origin of obscene
Middle French, from Latin obscenus obscaenus indecent, lewd
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