the character or quality of being ; indecency; lewdness.
something , as a picture or story.
an word or expression, especially when used as an invective.
noun (pl) -ties
the state or quality of being obscene
an obscene act, statement, word, etc
1580s, “obscene quality,” from French obscénité, from Latin obscenitatem (nominative obscenitas) “inauspiciousness, filthiness,” from obscenus “offensive” (see obscene). Meaning “a foul or loathsome act” is 1610s. Sense of “an obscene utterance or word” is attested by 1690. Related: Obscenities.
Behavior, appearance, or expression (such as films and books) that violate accepted standards of sexual morality. American courts have long tried to define obscenity but without much success. Some believe, for example, that any depiction of nudity is obscene; others would argue that nudity in itself is not obscene. (See four-letter words and pornography.)
relieving the pain of a toothache. a toothache remedy.
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a factory, office, or other business establishment in which a union, chosen by a majority of the employees, acts as representative of all the employees in making agreements with the employer, but in which union membership is not a condition of employment. Historical Examples It was in this discussion that the question of the closed […]
a disposition or tendency to look on the more favorable side of events or conditions and to expect the most favorable outcome. the belief that good ultimately predominates over evil in the world. the belief that goodness pervades reality. the doctrine that the existing world is the best of all possible worlds. Contemporary Examples Let […]
an person. a person who holds the belief or the doctrine of . Contemporary Examples Count Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner firmly in the optimist camp. April 25: 7 Best Moments From Sunday Talk The Daily Beast Video April 24, 2010 Ever the optimist, Crystal believes that languages need not meet the fate of the dodo […]