from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty.
- adj. Inciting lustful feelings; lewd.
- adj. Repulsive; disgusting: "The way he writes about the disease that killed her is simply obscene” ( Michael Korda).
- adj. So large in amount as to be objectionable or outrageous: "local merchants in nearby stores get hammered by stratospheric rents and obscene taxes” ( Joe Queenan).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Offensive to current standards of decency or morality
- adj. Lewd or lustful
- adj. Disgusting or repulsive
- adj. Beyond all reason
- adj. Liable to deprave or corrupt
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Offensive to chastity or modesty; expressing or presenting to the mind or view something which delicacy, purity, and decency forbid to be exposed; impure
- adj. Foul; fifthy; disgusting.
- adj. Inauspicious; ill-omened.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Inauspicious; ill-omened.
- Offensive to the senses; repulsive; disgusting; foul; filthy.
- Offensive to modesty and decency; impure; unchaste; indecent: lewd: as, obscene actions or language; obscene pictures.
- Synonyms Immodest, ribald, gross.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. designed to incite to indecency or lust
- adj. suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
- adj. offensive to the mind
Latin obscēnus.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Ultimately from the Latin obscēnus, obscaenus, perhaps viâ Middle French; compare the Modern French obscène. (Wiktionary)