obscenity

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

Definition of obscenity

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obscenities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being obscene

  2. 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

Recent Examples of obscenity from the Web

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First Known Use of obscenity

1589


OBSCENITY Defined for English Language Learners

obscenity

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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

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noun ob·scen·i·ty \äb-ˈse-nə-tē, əb-\

Definition of obscenity for Students

plural

obscenities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being shocking to a person's sense of what is moral or decent

  2. 2 :  something that is shocking to a person's sense of what is moral or decent


Law Dictionary

obscenity

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noun ob·scen·i·ty \äb-ˈse-nə-tē\

Legal Definition of obscenity

plural

obscenities

  1. 1 :  the quality or state of being obscene

  2. 2 :  something (as an utterance or act) that is obscene; also :  obscene material



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