obscenity

noun ob·scen·i·ty \ äb-ˈse-nə-tē , əb- also -ˈsē- \

Definition of obscenity

plural obscenities
1 :the quality or state of being obscene
2 :something (such as an utterance or act) that is obscene

Examples of obscenity in a Sentence

  1. The author uses obscenity to make a point about the culture.

  2. the issue of whether obscenity is a fundamental part of rap music

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First Known Use of obscenity

1589


OBSCENITY Defined for English Language Learners

obscenity

noun

Definition of obscenity for English Language Learners

  • : the quality or state of being obscene

  • : obscene words or actions

  • : an offensive word


OBSCENITY Defined for Kids

obscenity

noun ob·scen·i·ty \ äb-ˈse-nə-tē , əb- \

Definition of obscenity for Students

plural obscenities
1 :the quality or state of being shocking to a person's sense of what is moral or decent
2 :something that is shocking to a person's sense of what is moral or decent

Law Dictionary

obscenity

noun ob·scen·i·ty \ äb-ˈse-nə-tē \

legal Definition of obscenity

plural obscenities
1 :the quality or state of being obscene
2 :something (as an utterance or act) that is obscene; also :obscene material


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