• WordNet 3.6
    • adj obscene suggestive of or tending to moral looseness "lewd whisperings of a dirty old man","an indecent gesture","obscene telephone calls","salacious limericks"
    • adj obscene designed to incite to indecency or lust "the dance often becomes flagrantly obscene"-Margaret Mead"
    • adj obscene offensive to the mind "an abhorrent deed","the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee","morally repugnant customs","repulsive behavior","the most repulsive character in recent novels"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Obscene Foul; fifthy; disgusting. "A girdle foul with grease binds his obscene attire."
    • Obscene Inauspicious; ill-omened. "At the cheerful light,
      The groaning ghosts and birds obscene take flight."
    • Obscene 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. "Words that were once chaste, by frequent use grew obscene and uncleanly."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • obscene Inauspicious; ill-omened.
    • obscene Offensive to the senses; repulsive; disgusting; foul; filthy.
    • obscene Offensive to modesty and decency; impure; unchaste; indecent: lewd: as, obscene actions or language; obscene pictures.
    • obscene Synonyms Immodest, ribald, gross.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Obscene ob-sēn′ offensive to chastity: unchaste: indecent: disgusting: ill-omened
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  • Georg C. Lichtenberg
    “Many things about our bodies would not seem to us so filthy and obscene if we did not have the idea of nobility in our heads.”
  • Robert Bresson
    Robert Bresson
    “In the NUDE, all that is not beautiful is obscene.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    “Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art -- or almost the only stuff.”
  • Henry Miller
    “Obscenity is a cleansing process, whereas pornography only adds to the murk.”
  • Bertrand Russell
    “Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.”
  • Anais Nin
    “The violence and obscenity are left unadulterated, as manifestation of the mystery and pain which ever accompanies the act of creation.”


Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
L. obscenus, obscaenus, obscoenus, ill looking, filthy, obscene: cf. F. obscéne,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
L. obscenus.


In literature:

Has she done any Thing obscene?
"The Merry-Thought: or the Glass-Window and Bog-House Miscellany" by Hurlo Thrumbo (pseudonym)
From bivouac to bivouac the soldiers exchanged loud cries and obscene jokes.
"Napoleon the Little" by Victor Hugo
Worst of all was it when he schooled le Chameau to sing his obscenities after him, line for line.
"Fort Amity" by Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch
This is a holy obscenity.
"Fantasia of the Unconscious" by D. H. Lawrence
They sing the most obscene songs and give vent to all their passions.
"The Tribes and Castes of the Central Provinces of India - Volume IV of IV" by R.V. Russell
He never mentioned his love-life now, or if he did, it was only to sneer obscenely at it.
"Prairie Folks" by Hamlin Garland
The wolf-howling of its revelry was stilled, the clamor of its obscene diversions was hushed.
"Trail's End" by George W. Ogden
He never mentioned his love-life now, or if he did, it was only to sneer obscenely at it.
"Other Main-Travelled Roads" by Hamlin Garland
It was surprising what a wide range of emotions could be expressed by a few simple blasphemies and obscenities.
"Space Viking" by Henry Beam Piper
Underneath all is the obscenity of filth!
"The Knickerbocker, or New-York Monthly Magazine, April 1844" by Various

In poetry:

What I took in my hand
grew in weight. You must
understand it
was not obscene.
"Song" by Robert Creeley
What adders came to shed their coats?
What coiled obscene
Small serpents with soft stretching throats
Caressed Faustine?
"Faustine" by Algernon Charles Swinburne
My first shot struck. He swayed,
ruined, beating his only
wing, as I watched, afraid
by the fallen gun, a lonely
child who believed death clean
and final, not this obscene
"Barn Owl" by Gwen Harwood
Be not deceiv'd, thou sinner most obscene,
Where there is faith, there holy lives are seen:
For if thy faith is worthy to be known,
By its good works let it be plainly shown.
"Advice To Believe In Christ, And An Exhibition Or Display Of The Wonderful Change That Is Wrought In" by Rees Prichard
O Wash me in the Blood, the Jews erst spilt!
O wash me, Christ! from ev'ry conscious guilt!
O wash my mind from ev'ry thought obscene!
O wash me, from all foul pollutions, clean!
"A Short Prayer, On The Same Occasion" by Rees Prichard
And we came to a garden, close
To a hollow of graves and tombs;
A garden as red as a rose
Hung over of obscene glooms;
The heart of each rose was a spark
That smouldered or splintered the dark.
"Self And Soul" by Madison Julius Cawein

In news:

Celtics' Wilcox fined for obscene gesture.
Ridding Wright-Patt of obscene materials 'huge undertaking'.
He pleaded guilty in October to two counts of obscenity .
Politicizing a disaster like superstorm Sandy borders on obscene .
Customs officials seized books, and the publisher was charged with obscenity .
Brian Downing is escorted by detectives for booking on charges of sexual battery and obscenity at the New Orleans Police Department headquarters in New Orleans, Thursday, Jan 19, 2012.
The fan at the 16th tee shouted the obscenity during the fourball match between Dustin Johnson and Matt Kuchar and Paul Lawrie and Colsaerts.
After 300 obscene phone calls, company targets caller in court.
Sorenson Communications filed a complaint in US district court, claiming that a caller's obscene conversations are harmful and distract employees.
Popular Miami-based DJ Obscene is in town for the 2012 iHeart Radio Music Festival.
DJ Obscene is ready to create the scene at iHeartRadio weekend.
Jonathon Brandmeier talks to the guy who made obscene gestures at the Cubs game.
A fake Facebook page was created last weekend that depicted a candidate in the 12th District runoff race in an obscene manner.
A fake Facebook post was created this weekend that depicted a candidate in the 12th District runoff race in an obscene manner.
Why Romney's wealth seems obscene .