Definition of obscenity noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//əbˈsenəti//
    ; NAmE NAmE//əbˈsenəti//
    (pl. obscenities)
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  1. 1[uncountable] obscene language or behaviour The editors are being prosecuted for obscenity. the laws on obscenity
  2. 2[countable, usually plural] an obscene word or act She screamed a string of obscenities at the judge.
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from French obscénité or Latin obscaenitas, from obscaenus ‘ill-omened or abominable’.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: obscenity