Definition of obscene
- … the dance often becomes flagrantly obscene and definitely provocative …
- —Margaret Mead
- obscene lyrics
- obscene literature
- an obscene misuse of power
- obscene wealth
- obscene waste
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.
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First Known Use: 1593See Words from the same year
: 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
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