Indecency In*de"cen*cy, n.; pl. {Indecencies}. [L. indecentia unseemliness: cf. F. ind['e]cence.] [1913 Webster] 1. The quality or state of being indecent; lack of decency, modesty, or good manners; obscenity. [1913 Webster]

2. That which is indecent; an indecent word or act; an offense against delicacy. [1913 Webster]

They who, by speech or writing, present to the ear or the eye of modesty any of the indecencies I allude to, are pests of society. --Beattie.

Syn: Indelicacy; indecorum; immodesty; impurity; obscenity. See {Indecorum}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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