adjective ob·scene \äb-ˈsēn, əb-\

: relating to sex in an indecent or offensive way

: very offensive in usually a shocking way

: so large an amount or size as to be very shocking or unfair

Full Definition of OBSCENE

:  disgusting to the senses :  repulsive
a :  abhorrent to morality or virtue; specifically :  designed to incite to lust or depravity
b :  containing or being language regarded as taboo in polite usage <obscene lyrics>
c :  repulsive by reason of crass disregard of moral or ethical principles <an obscene misuse of power>
d :  so excessive as to be offensive <obscene wealth> <obscene waste>
ob·scene·ly adverb

Origin of OBSCENE

Middle French, from Latin obscenus, obscaenus
First Known Use: 1593

Synonym Discussion of OBSCENE

coarse, vulgar, gross, obscene, ribald mean offensive to good taste or morals. coarse implies roughness, rudeness, or crudeness of spirit, behavior, or language <found the coarse humor of coworkers offensive>. vulgar often implies boorishness or ill-breeding <a loud vulgar belch>. gross implies extreme coarseness and insensitiveness <gross eating habits>. obscene applies to anything strongly repulsive to the sense of decency and propriety especially in sexual matters <obscene language not allowed on the air>. ribald applies to what is amusingly or picturesquely vulgar or irreverent or mildly indecent <entertained the campers with ribald folk songs>.
OBSCENE Defined for Kids


adjective ob·scene \äb-ˈsēn, əb-\

Definition of OBSCENE for Kids

:  very shocking to a person's sense of what is moral or decent


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