adjective ob·scene \äb-ˈsēn, əb-\

: 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

:  disgusting to the senses :  repulsive
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>
ob·scene·ly adverb

Examples of OBSCENE

  1. He was accused of making obscene phone calls.
  2. He made an obscene gesture at the driver who cut him off.
  3. The company's executives earn obscene salaries.
  4. He spends an obscene amount of money on clothes.

Origin of OBSCENE

Middle French, from Latin obscenus, obscaenus
First Known Use: 1593


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