• (countable) Specifically, an offensive word; a profanity; a dirty word.

    "Eliza couldn't stand her daughter's music; as she saw it, it was just shouted obscenities and a heavy drum beat."

  • (countable) An act of obscene behaviour.

    "Bestiality was outlawed as an obscenity in the strongly conservative community."

  • (countable) Something that is obscene.

    "Martha wouldn't go into the art museum because, as she put it, "They have obscenities just sitting out, on display!""

  • (uncountable) The qualities that make something obscene; lewdness, indecency, or offensive behaviour.

    "The coalition of religious conservatives was campaigning against, in their view, rampant obscenity in the entertainment industry."

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