Obscene is a pretty challenging word, but we're here to help you better understand it...with EXAMPLES!
When learning new words, it's important to see how they're used, or to see them in the different contexts in which they're often used, and that's just what we'll do to help you better understand obscene (and many other English words!). By seeing different ways you can use obscene in a sentence, as well as synonyms and antonyms of obscene, you will have a much better grasp on how it should be used, and you'll feel more confortable with using it much sooner.
Below you will find the definition of obscene, followed by 45 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - designed to incite to indecency or lust
EXAMPLES - Obscene in a Sentence
- Of utterance prompt, but in coarse phrase obscene 255 (source)
- Friday to halt soaring arms exports, describing as obscene plans by (source)
- If you want to talk about obscene, that is obscene balance sheet game-playing. (source)
- He also called her obscene names and threatened to kill her, she told deputies. (source)
- Especially Hasbro toys, which are mass produced in obscene numbers. clueless schmo (source)
- Without it, the insurers will continue to rake in obscene profits at public expense. mark (source)
- He must, he must: Speaking on Radio 5 Live he branded the calls obscene, tasteless and unfunny. (source)
- I'd want someone who's for the people and not CEO's of big corporations raking in obscene profits! (source)
- What we call obscene was, in ancient times, either a matter of superstition or a free field for jest. (source)
- I am positive that hundreds of blogs will be banned under the assumption that they contain obscene pictures. (source)
- Obama also said his determination is heightened by reports of massive bank profits and what he called obscene bonuses. (source)
- "The word obscene is from the Latin obscenus meaning ill-omened; but over time it has come to mean that which is off-stage. (source)
- Not after President Barack Obama - who on Thursday called such pay "obscene" - had promised to clamp down on lavish bonuses. (source)
- And just months later, a Chinese official accused the tech giant of spreading what he called obscene content via the Internet. (source)
- Not satisfied with pulling in obscene billions of dollars, OPEC wants to ensure they get their fat, bloated, oil-soaked profits: (source)
- DOBBS: At what point do we start using the word obscene in talking about this level of spending in American presidential politics. (source)
- Funny, when Exxon Mobil Corp. reported quarterly earnings of more than $13 billion a quarter in 2008, those profits were called "obscene." (source)
- Clinton B. Seeleey, professor of B.ngali literature at the University of Chicago, has now translated his so-called obscene novel into English. (source)
- It becomes part of the landscape in which it lies; and with certain beasts which we are accustomed to call obscene it becomes something to eat. (source)
- The woman said the man called her obscene names, punched her in the face and hit her in the head repeatedly with his cell phone before throwing her dog. (source)
- The language of these advertisements can only be described as obscene, and their possible effects on immature and inexperienced minds can well be imagined. (source)
- Bank of America and Citigroup's profits may be "obscene," he said with a chuckle, but maybe "a different kind of obscene," meaning, obscenely small or nonexistent. (source)
- A waterfall of bullets swept through the room, upending tables, riddling the walls, splattering glass and twisting people across the floor in obscene blood-splashing dances. (source)
- Knesset, with some extremist Jewish lawmakers calling her obscene names and even trying to drag her to the ground for defending her participation in the Gaza Freedom Flotilla. (source)
- Its decision will impact on the legal consequences of possessing so-called obscene or indecent photographs, films and video recordings, pending new legislation being promulgated. (source)
- While I don't think that Negima! would ever be classified as obscene, it is possible that while trying to protect children, lawmakers might pass a law that would make owning Negima! (source)
- But I have never heard any Fianna Fail TD saying they are worried about the effects of these images on the female population or Mary O'Rourke calling them obscene, which is what they are. (source)
- Finally, every last dollar that Big oil companies have managed to make in obscene profits through price gouging of the American consumer, I want returned in a refund check from Lee Raymond. (source)
- Crapo forgot the most important part of the Republican plan: do everything to preserve the status quo so that the medical industry and insurance companies can continue to rake in obscene profits. (source)
- This carbon loophole has allowed pollution giants like Exxon Mobil, Koch Industries, Peabody Coal, and Massey Energy to ravage the planet, sicken our children, and rake in obscene profits for decades. (source)
- When Sen. Jesse Helms succeeded in barring NEA money for art deemed "obscene" - however that was supposed to be judged-Frohnmayer made grant recipients sign a letter promising not to make "obscene", art. (source)
- "We will be moving to amend this legislation so that Fair Work Australia can block the sacking of workers if CEOs are on unfair and what the prime minister calls obscene payment packages," Senator Brown said. (source)
- The Supreme Court stated that when "art" becomes obscene -- and the court worked hard to define what is meant by "obscene" -- it is no longer considered art and does not enjoy the protection of freedom of speech. (source)
- Karl Rove and his fellow GOP hatchetmen are raking in obscene amounts of undisclosed money, using it to lie to voters, all the while lying about the campaign finance fiasco that's allowing them to buy an election cycle. (source)
- "The same applies to the directors and managers of private sector companies where the gap between their rewards and that of their lowest paid workers can sometimes only be described as obscene," said director Hillary Morris. (source)
- In its final form, this criminal statute prohibited trafficking in "obscene" materials related to sex or reproduction, and forbade the "use of any drug, medicine, article, or instrument for the purpose of preventing conception." (source)
- ROMAN: As long as pictures of women breast-feeding are still being classified as obscene, there is still going to be a small percentage of people who think it's nasty and obscene and going to send people dirty looks and messages. (source)
- ROMAN: As s long as pictures of women breastfeeding are still being classified as obscene, there are still going to be those small percentage of people who think it's nasty and obscene and got to send people dirty looks and messages. (source)
- And by yoking them to totemic '60s music, Girl Talk is making the implicit claim that these are simply two competing generational normalities, that what older people define as obscene, 20 somethings like himself regard as good, dirty fun. (source)
- Libyan Spider, one of the registered sellers of. ly domains, does state on its site that content must not contain "obscene and indecent names/phrases, including words of a sexual nature" and "sex" does seem to be a word of a sexual nature. (source)
- They staged shows of "degenerate art" with work by artists, such as Chagall, next to pictures by the insane. 1966Edward Kienholz's assemblage of lovers in "Back Seat Dodge '38," was called obscene by the board of the Los Angeles County Museum. (source)
- If you type in obscene or politically sensitive words often the software or the server will bounce you to an error message, so people use puns and slight changes in language to defeat the software, but everyone knows what you're really talking about. (source)
- The book had been supplied in the ordinary course of business by Mr. Charles Watts, but the Bristol bookseller had altered its price, had inserted some indecent pictures in it, and had sold it among literature to which the word obscene was fairly applied. (source)
- Offering paparazzi photos accompanied by gossip items updated as many as 20 times a day, all three sites encourage visitors to become part of the story by defending their celebrity favorites, spewing bile, and attacking each other in obscene and frequently scatological terms whose proper interpretation often requires an anatomy textbook and a dictionary. (source)
- What is unacceptable is to see bank officers continuing to rake in obscene salaries after mismanaging the banks for a decade, the financial elite manipulating the corporate and bankruptcy laws to free themselves of debt while maintaining their extravagant lifestyles, and the clueless politicians wasting their time on trivial matters while the rest of us slowly bleed to death. (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 45 example sentences provided below is 48.0, which suggests that "obscene" is a difficult word that tends to be used by individuals of higher education, and is likely found in more advanced literature or in academia.
We have 53 synonyms for obscene.
X-rated, atrocious, barnyard, bawdy, blue, coarse, crude, dirty, disgusting, evil, filthy, foul, gross, heinous, hideous, horrible, immodest, improper, impure, lascivious, lewd, licentious, loathsome, loose, lustful, nasty, noisome, outrageous, porno, pornographic, profane, prurient, rank, raunchy, raw, repellent, repugnant, ribald, salacious, scabrous, scatological, scurrilous, shameless, shocking, sickening, smutty, suggestive, unchaste, unclean, unwholesome, vile, wanton, wicked
We have 18 antonyms for obscene.
clean, decent, formal, friendly, gentle, good, innocent, magnificent, moral, nice, pleasant, pleasing, proper, pure, refined, sophisticated, upright, wonderful
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
Pronunciation: (ŏb-sēnˈ, əb-)
View up to 25 definitions of obscene from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty.
- (adjective) Inciting lustful feelings; lewd.
- (adjective) Repulsive; disgusting: "The way he writes about the disease that killed her is simply obscene” ( Michael Korda).
- (adjective) 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
- (adjective) Offensive to current standards of decency or morality
- (adjective) Lewd or lustful
- (adjective) Disgusting or repulsive
- (adjective) Beyond all reason
- (adjective) Liable to deprave or corrupt
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Offensive to chastity or modesty; expressing or presenting to the mind or view something which delicacy, purity, and decency forbid to be exposed; impure
- (adjective) Foul; fifthy; disgusting.
- (adjective) Inauspicious; ill-omened.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Inauspicious; ill-omened.
- (None) Offensive to the senses; repulsive; disgusting; foul; filthy.
- (None) Offensive to modesty and decency; impure; unchaste; indecent: lewd: as, obscene actions or language; obscene pictures.
- (None) Synonyms Immodest, ribald, gross.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) designed to incite to indecency or lust
- (adjective) suggestive of or tending to moral looseness
- (adjective) offensive to the mind