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Definition of "obscenity" []

  • The state or quality of being obscene. (noun)
  • Indecency, lewdness, or offensiveness in behavior, expression, or appearance. (noun)
  • Something, such as a word, act, or expression, that is indecent or lewd. (noun)
  • Something that is offensive or repulsive to the senses: "What had once been a gentle hill covered with lush grass turned into a brown obscenity of bare earth and smoke” ( Tom Clancy). (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "obscenity" in a sentence
  • "There is also what we call obscenity, that is hardcore pornography that is also illegal, even for adults, and that includes graphic sexual acts and also the deviant forms of pornography like bestiality, torture, rape."
  • "Plus, "Indecent Crackdown," the government cracked down on what it calls obscenity but is their definition the same as yours?"
  • "In other words, instead of a “child pornography” exception which is pretty black and white, it should be more nuanced as seen in obscenity law and have a number of components, namely:"