Obscene
Obscene Ob*scene", a. [L. obscenus, obscaenus, obscoenus, ill looking, filthy, obscene: cf. F. obsc['e]ne.] [1913 Webster] 1. Offensive to chastity or modesty; expressing or presenting to the mind or view something which delicacy, purity, and decency forbid to be exposed; impure; as, obscene language; obscene pictures. [1913 Webster]

Words that were once chaste, by frequent use grew obscene and uncleanly. --I. Watts. [1913 Webster]

2. Foul; fifthy; disgusting. [1913 Webster]

A girdle foul with grease binds his obscene attire. --Dryden (Aeneid, vi. 417). [1913 Webster]

3. Inauspicious; ill-omened. [R.] [A Latinism] [1913 Webster]

At the cheerful light, The groaning ghosts and birds obscene take flight. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

Syn: Impure; immodest; indecent; unchaste; lewd. [1913 Webster] -- {Ob*scene"ly}, adv. -- {Ob*scene"ness}, n. [1913 Webster]


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  • obscène — [ ɔpsɛn ] adj. • 1534; lat. obscenus « de mauvais augure » ♦ Qui blesse la délicatesse par des représentations ou des manifestations grossières de la sexualité. « Les livres les plus monstrueusement obscènes » (Hugo). ⇒ licencieux, pornographique …   Encyclopédie Universelle

  • obscene — ob·scene /äb sēn/ adj [Middle French, from Latin obscenus obscaenus indecent, lewd]: extremely or deeply offensive according to contemporary community standards of morality or decency see also roth v. united states in the important cases section… …   Law dictionary

  • obscene — During a century that tried repeatedly to define the meaning and implications of obscenity in relation to literature, the performing arts, and (above all) the cinema, the word obscene gathered strength in its other main meaning, ‘highly offensive …   Modern English usage

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  • obscene — (adj.) 1590s, offensive to the senses, or to taste and refinement, from M.Fr. obscene, from L. obscenus offensive, especially to modesty, originally boding ill, inauspicious, of unknown origin; perhaps from ob onto (see OB (Cf. ob )) + caenum… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • obscene — [äb sēn′, əbsēn′] adj. [Fr obscène < L obscenus, obscaenus < obs , var. of ob (see OB ) + caenum, filth < IE * k̑weino < base * kwei , muck, filth > ON hvein, swampy land] 1. offensive to one s feelings, or to prevailing notions,… …   English World dictionary

  • obscene — gross, vulgar, ribald, *coarse Analogous words: indecent, indelicate, *indecorous: lewd, lascivious, wanton, *licentious: foul, nasty, *dirty Antonyms: decent …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

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