Definition of obscene adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əbˈsiːn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈsiːn//
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  1. 1connected with sex in a way that most people find offensive obscene gestures/language/books an obscene phone call (= in which somebody says obscene things) The book was declared obscene.
  2. 2extremely large in size or amount in a way that most people find unacceptable and offensive synonym outrageous He earns an obscene amount of money. It's obscene to spend so much on food when millions are starving.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French obscène or Latin obscaenus ‘ill-omened or abominable’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: obscene