obscene

[ uhb-seen ]
/ əbˈsin /

adjective

offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.
causing uncontrolled sexual desire.
abominable; disgusting; repulsive.

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Origin of obscene

First recorded in 1585–95, obscene is from the Latin word obscēnus, obscaenus

OTHER WORDS FROM obscene

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH obscene

lewd, obscene , pornography, profanatory, profane
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British Dictionary definitions for obscene

obscene
/ (əbˈsiːn) /

adjective

offensive or outrageous to accepted standards of decency or modesty
law (of publications) having a tendency to deprave or corrupt
disgusting; repellentan obscene massacre

Derived forms of obscene

obscenely, adverb

Word Origin for obscene

C16: from Latin obscēnus inauspicious, perhaps related to caenum filth
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