- offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.
- causing uncontrolled sexual desire.
- abominable; disgusting; repulsive.
Origin of obscene
Examples from the Web for obscenely
But he's just one in a long line of obscenely wealthy characters.Filthy Rich Movie Characters
April 8, 2011
In fact, there is a way for the federal government to go after the obscenely excessive bonuses paid to the Wall Street pigs.How to Shake Down the Banks
March 6, 2009
That picture of octuplets' mom's obscenely large bulge represents an epic pop culture meltdown.Mother of All Disasters
February 12, 2009
Karffard shouted, with obscenely blasphemous embellishments.Space Viking
Henry Beam Piper
When it comes so smoothly off, so obscenely, as it were, so fit.The Works of William Shakespeare [Cambridge Edition] [9 vols.]
Some time since he became violent, loquacious, and obscenely erotic.
For the sake of decency, the mere mentioning of this filthy, obscenely jocular, and blasphemous publication must suffice.
Michael longed for Alan that together they might rag this worm who wriggled so obscenely into the secret places of a boy's mind.Sinister Street, vol. 1
- offensive or outrageous to accepted standards of decency or modesty
- law (of publications) having a tendency to deprave or corrupt
- disgusting; repellentan obscene massacre
Word Origin and History for obscenely
1590s, "offensive to the senses, or to taste and refinement," from Middle French obscène (16c.), from Latin obscenus "offensive," especially to modesty, originally "boding ill, inauspicious," of unknown origin; perhaps from ob "onto" (see ob-) + caenum "filth." Meaning "offensive to modesty or decency" is attested from 1590s. Legally, in U.S., it hinged on "whether to the average person, applying contemporary community standards, the dominant theme of the material taken as a whole appeals to a prurient interest." [Justice William Brennan, "Roth v. United States," June 24, 1957]; refined in 1973 by "Miller v. California":
The basic guidelines for the trier of fact must be: (a) whether 'the average person, applying contemporary community standards' would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, (b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and (c) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.