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obscenity

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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Obscenity \Ob*scen"i*ty\, noun; pl. {Obscenities}. [L. obscentias: cf. F. obsc['e]nit['e].] That quality in words or things which presents what is offensive to chastity or purity of mind; obscene or impure lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness; obsceneness; as, the obscenity of a speech, or a picture.

Mr. Cowley asserts plainly, that obscenity has no place in wit. --Dryden.

No pardon vile obscenity should find. --Pope.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

obscenity

noun

1: the trait of behaving in an obscene manner [syn: {obscenity}, {lewdness}, {bawdiness}, {salaciousness}, {salacity}]

2: an offensive or indecent word or phrase [syn: {obscenity}, {smut}, {vulgarism}, {filth}, {dirty word}]

3: an obscene act


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