noun, plural ob·scen·i·ties for 2, 3.
Origin of obscenity
Examples from the Web for obscenity
Some might say there is also an obscenity to it, given the amount of poverty in the world.William, Kate, and Jay Z’s Favorite Art Star: Alexander Gilkes' World of Rock Stars and Royalty|Tim Teeman|December 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Among these are obscenity, defamation, fighting words, express incitement to unlawful conduct, and threats.Does Free Speech Cover Murder Fantasies? The Supreme Court’s Definition of a ‘Threat’|Geoffrey R. Stone|December 1, 2014|DAILY BEAST
One trucker did shout an obscenity, and a musclebound mechanic told them to go and do something useful like study.
An Alabama obscenity law passed in 1998 made the sale of most sex toys illegal in the state.
Coined “obscenity regulations,” on face value they appear to ban material that “depicts or describes sexual misconduct.”
I asked Fitzsimmons why he was shocked, and he said, “By the obscenity of the thing—by its unparalleled beastliness.”Haunted Places in England|Elliot O'Donnell
The painter expressed with an obscenity his lack of concern for the tribulations of his survivors.2 B R 0 2 B|Kurt Vonnegut
He was a chaste and pure writer, avoiding the ribaldry and obscenity of the age.The Every Day Book of History and Chronology|Joel Munsell
When he reached the climax of his tale his language was a rich mixture of blasphemy and obscenity.A Padre in France|George A. Birmingham
What depths of cruelty and obscenity it revealed in the Parisian rabble.The Life of Napoleon I (Volumes, 1 and 2)|John Holland Rose
noun plural -ties
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.
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.)