(?), a. [L. obscenus, obscaenus, obscoenus, ill looking, filthy, obscene: cf. F. obscne.]
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1. Offensive to chastity or modesty; expressing or presenting to the mind or view something which delicacy, purity, and decency forbid to be exposed; impure; as, obscene language; obscene pictures.
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Words that were once chaste, by frequent use grew obscene and uncleanly.
I. Watts.
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2. Foul; fifthy; disgusting.
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A girdle foul with grease binds his obscene attire.
Dryden (Aeneid, vi. 417).
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3. Inauspicious; ill-omened. [R.] [A Latinism]
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At the cheerful light,
The groaning ghosts and birds obscene take flight.
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Syn. -- Impure; immodest; indecent; unchaste; lewd.
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-- Ob*scene"ly, adv. -- Ob*scene"ness, n.
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