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Meaning of OBSCENITY

Pronunciation:  ub'senitee

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an obscene act
  2. [n]  the trait of behaving in an obscene manner
  3. [n]  obscene word or phrase

OBSCENITY is a 9 letter word that starts with O.


 Synonyms: bawdiness, lewdness, salaciousness, salacity, vulgarism
 See Also: bawdry, bawdy, dirtiness, impropriety, indecency, indecency, profanity, scatology, smuttiness



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Ob*scen"i*ty\, n.; pl. {Obscenities}. [L. obscentias:
cf.F. obsc['e]nit['e].]
That quality in words or things which presents what is
offensive to chasity or purity of mind; obscene or impure
lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness; obsceneness; as,
the obscenity of a speech, or a picture.

      Mr.Cowley asserts plainly, that obscenity has no place
      in wit.                                  --Dryden.

      No pardon vile obscenity should find.    --Pope.

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