noun, plural ob·scen·i·ties for 2, 3.
Origin of obscenity
Examples from the Web for obscenities
Dave taunted the crowd with threats and obscenities, and finally soaked them with lurid synthetic bodily fluids.My Friend Oderus Urungus: GWAR’s Dave Brockie Was a High School Punk Legend|Andy Hinds|March 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I leave untouched the gross obscenities and immoral decisions.Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)|Isaac D'Israeli
Bad as is this scene, it is pure compared with some described by Burchard, another journalist of the Vatican obscenities.Memoirs of the Dukes of Urbino, Volume I (of 3)|James Dennistoun
Why he quoted them I do not know—they have no more to do with his obscenities than I have.The Divine Fire|May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for obscenities
noun plural -ties
Word Origin and History for obscenities
1580s, "obscene quality," from French obscénité, from Latin obscenitatem (nominative obscenitas) "inauspiciousness, filthiness," from obscenus "offensive" (see obscene). Meaning "a foul or loathsome act" is 1610s. Sense of "an obscene utterance or word" is attested by 1690. Related: Obscenities.
Culture definitions for obscenities
Behavior, appearance, or expression (such as films and books) that violate accepted standards of sexual morality. American courts have long tried to define obscenity but without much success. Some believe, for example, that any depiction of nudity is obscene; others would argue that nudity in itself is not obscene. (See four-letter words (see also four-letter words) and pornography.)