Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang Lewdness; vulgarity; obscenity.
  • n. Slang Material or a performance that is sexually explicit or evocative: "Audiences are still astonished when she goes for the raunch” ( Katrine Ames).

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Low class condition or content; inferiority; inadequacy.
  • n. Dishonorable, base, and vulgar expression.
  • n. Socially unacceptable sexual behavior.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. See ranch.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Same as ranch.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the quality of lacking taste and refinement

Etymologies

Back-formation from raunchy.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • COSTELLO: In "Female Chauvinist Pigs," author Ariel Levy looks at the rise of what she calls raunch culture in America.

    CNN Transcript Jan 30, 2006

  • It's the fetishization of "choice" and the reduction of politics to what Ariel Levy calls raunch culture.

    The Guardian World News

  • Living Dolls reminded me of Ariel Levy's Female Chauvinist Pigs on the "raunch" culture embraced by women in the US.

    The Guardian World News

  • [ "Spider Gal" poses outside the 'raunch' party for "Secret Identity", a book about Superman fetishist art, in New York last night; image via istolethetv's Flickr.]

    Gawker

  • Sex has entered the mainstream - pornography is big business, and "raunch" sells everything from magazines to cars.

    The Common Ills

  • Female Chauvinist Pigs are notable for their analysis of the pervasive "raunch" culture underlying American colleges, workplaces and the "image industry".

    On Line Opinion - Latest Articles

  • Being ignorant is a badge of honor proudly displayed in today's glamourous ghetto "raunch" lifestyle.

    Red Ice Creations

  • The caricatures that inhabit “The Goods” go for the easiest, safest, and most insulting punchlines while pretending to be edgy by adding raunch.

    You must look elsewhere for “The Goods” » Scene-Stealers

  • I sorely wanted to post (in-your-face raunch, you have been warned) this image but thought it might be de trop even for me.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • Mr. Rogen is Hollywood's reigning maestro of burbling raunch.

    '50/50': Cheerful Illness Tale, With Relapses

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