Obsceneness
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]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • obsceneness — ob·scene·ness …   English syllables

  • obsceneness — nnə̇s noun ( es) : obscenity 1a …   Useful english dictionary

  • Obscenities — Obscenity 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 chastity or purity of mind; obscene or impure lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Obscenity — 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 chastity or purity of mind; obscene or impure lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • obscene — obscenely, adv. obsceneness, n. /euhb seen /, adj. 1. offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language. 2. causing uncontrolled sexual desire. 3. abominable; disgusting; repulsive. [1585 95; < L obscenus, obscaenus] * * * …   Universalium

  • obscenity — n. 1. Indecency, indelicacy, immodesty, unchastity, lewdness, obsceneness. 2. Ribaldry, lewdness, smuttiness, indelicacy …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • indecency — n 1. impropriety, improperness, indecorum, indecorousness; gaucheness, gaucherie, uncouthness, crassness, boorishness, rudeness, ill breeding, unmannerliness, ill manneredness, uncivility, uncivilness, ungentlemanliness; inappropriateness,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • lasciviousness — n 1. lewdness, lechery, lecherousness, lubricity, goatishness, ruttishness; lust, lustfulness, concupiscence, prurience, pruriency, libidinousness, salacity, salaciousness; carnality, carnalness, car nalism, sensuality, voluptuousness,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • lewdness — n 1. lechery, lecherousness, lubricity, goatishness, ruttishness; lust, lustfulness, concupiscence, prurience, pruriency, libidinousness, salacity, salaciousness; carnality, carnalness, carnalism, sensuality, voluptuousness, promiscuity,… …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

  • obscenity — n 1. indecency, vulgarity, vulgarness, salaciousness, vileness, foulness, obsceneness; filthiness, nastiness, Sl. raunchiness; lecherousness, lubricity, lustfulness, bawdiness, libidinousness, concupiscence, carnality, carnalness; licentiousness …   A Note on the Style of the synonym finder

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