the character or quality of being ; indecency; lewdness.
something , as a picture or story.
an word or expression, especially when used as an invective.
By the next month, though, Emanuel responded to the ads with an obscenity.
Democrats Go to War Art Levine September 30, 2009
Among these are obscenity, defamation, fighting words, express incitement to unlawful conduct, and threats.
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One trucker did shout an obscenity, and a musclebound mechanic told them to go and do something useful like study.
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Coined “obscenity regulations,” on face value they appear to ban material that “depicts or describes sexual misconduct.”
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In 1974, he was indicted by the federal government on obscenity charges for distributing Deep Throat.
On the Porn Film’s 40th Anniversary, a Thank-You to ‘Deep Throat’ Kristin Battista-Frazee June 11, 2012
They have delusions and hallucinations, with very rapid and incessant changes that range from obscenity to prayer.
The Ethics of Medical Homicide and Mutilation Austin O’Malley
The second power of vulgarity is obscenity, and this vice is like the pestilence.
The Call of the Twentieth Century David Starr Jordan
When he reached the climax of his tale his language was a rich mixture of blasphemy and obscenity.
A Padre in France George A. Birmingham
It is certainly true, that every sort of ribaldry and obscenity are encouraged on the Chinese stage at the present day.
Travels in China, Containing Descriptions, Observations, and Comparisons, Made and Collected in the Course of a Short Residence at the Imperial Palace of Yuen-Min-Yuen, and on a Subsequent Journey through the Country from Pekin to Canton John Barrow
The obscenity of some of his writings was such that his name has become proverbial for licentiousness.
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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.)
- Anti obscenity
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 n. 1580s, “obscene quality,” from French obscénité, from Latin obscenitatem (nominative obscenitas) “inauspiciousness, […]
relieving the pain of a toothache. a toothache remedy.
- Open shop
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 […]