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Definition of Obscenity


  1. That quality in words or things which presents what is offensive to chasity or purity of mind; obscene or impure lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness; obsceneness; as, the obscenity of a speech, or a picture.

Obscenity Quotations

Obscenity is whatever happens to shock some elderly and ignorant magistrate.
Bertrand Russell

Obscenity, which is ever blasphemy against the divine beauty in life, is a monster for which the corruption of society forever brings forth new food, which it devours in secret.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

Since obscenity is the truth of our passion today, it is the only stuff of art - or almost the only stuff.
D. H. Lawrence

Politicians must set their aims for the high ground and according to our various leanings, Democratic, Republican, Independent, we will follow. Politicians must be told if they continue to sink into the mud of obscenity, they will proceed alone.
Maya Angelou

You have to show violence the way it is. If you don't show it realistically, then that's immoral and harmful. If you don't upset people, then that's obscenity.
Roman Polanski
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Obscenity Translations

obscenity in Italian is lascivia
obscenity in Spanish is obscenidad
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