obscenity

obscenity
[[t]ɒbse̱nɪti[/t]]
obscenities
1) N-UNCOUNT Obscenity is behaviour, art, or language that is sexual and offends or shocks people.

He insisted these photographs were not art but obscenity...

James Joyce justified his use of `obscenity' on the grounds that it was a natural part of life.

2) N-VAR An obscenity is a very offensive word or expression.

They shouted obscenities at us and smashed bottles on the floor.

3) N-COUNT (disapproval) If you refer to an action or event as an obscenity, you disapprove of it very strongly and consider it to be offensive or immoral.

It is not the only place experiencing the obscenities of civil war.

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English dictionary. 2008.

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См. также в других словарях:

  • obscenity — ob·scen·i·ty /äb se nə tē/ n pl ties 1: the quality or state of being obscene 2: something (as an utterance or act) that is obscene; also: obscene material Merriam Webster’s Dictionary of Law. Merriam Webster. 1996 …   Law dictionary

  • Obscenity — Ob*scen i*ty, n.; pl. {Obscenities}. [L. obscentias: cf. F. obsc[ e]nit[ e].] That quality in words or things which presents what is offensive to chastity or purity of mind; obscene or impure lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness;… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Obscenity — Allgemeine Informationen Genre(s) Death Metal Gründung 1989 Aktuelle Besetzung …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • obscenity — (n.) c.1600, obscene quality, from L. obscenitatem (nom. obscenitas) inauspiciousness, filthiness, from obscenus (see OBSCENE (Cf. obscene)). Meaning a foul or loathsome act is 1610s. Sense of an obscene utterance or word is attested by 1690.… …   Etymology dictionary

  • obscenity — [n] indecency, immorality; vulgarism abomination, affront, atrocity, bawdiness, blight, blueness*, coarseness, curse, dirtiness, dirty name*, dirty word*, evil, filthiness, foulness, four letter word*, immodesty, impropriety, impurity, indecency …   New thesaurus

  • obscenity — ► NOUN (pl. obscenities) 1) the state or quality of being obscene. 2) an obscene action, image, or expression …   English terms dictionary

  • obscenity — [äb sen′ə tē, əbsen′ə tē; ] also, chiefly Brit [, äbsēn′ə tē, əbsēn′ə tē] n. [Fr obscénité < L obscenitas] 1. the state or quality of being obscene 2. pl. obscenities an obscene remark, act, event, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Obscenity — Part of a series on Censorship By media …   Wikipedia

  • obscenity — /euhb sen i tee, see ni /, n., pl. obscenities for 2, 3. 1. the character or quality of being obscene; indecency; lewdness. 2. something obscene, as a picture or story. 3. an obscene word or expression, esp. when used as an invective. [1600 10; < …   Universalium

  • obscenity — noun … OF OBSCENITY ▪ stream, string VERB + OBSCENITY ▪ mutter, scream, shout, yell ▪ He shouted a stream of obscenities …   Collocations dictionary


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