obscene

[ uh b-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 pornographic profanatory profane
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British Dictionary definitions for obscenely

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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