See also: obscène
- obscæne (archaic)
- Rhymes: -iːn
- Offensive to current standards of decency or morality
2001, George Ritzer, Explorations in the Sociology of Consumption, ISBN 0761971203, page 8-9:
- The chapter closes with some thoughts on the obscene consumer from both a postmodern, and especially a modern, perspective. From the latter point of view, the obscene consumer is one who either consumes too little or who consumes what are, from the prespective of consumer society, the 'wrong' things (heroin, guns). (I propose the concept of the 'dangerous consumer' here since it is clear that such consumers can pose a danger to contemporary society.) From a postmodern perspective, the obscene consumer is one who consumes in a highly visible manner. Such a consumer comes very close to Veblen's conspicuous consumer. While an argument can be made that some consumers are obscene from a postmodern point of view, the obscenities associated with McDonaldized systems, credit cards, the new means of consumption and so on are far more important than those associated with the consumer.
2009, Ingrid Loschek, When Clothes Become Fashion: Design and Innovation Systems, ISBN 1847887465:
- However, the new is not radical or provocative or obscene a priori. Provocation develops when the 'communicative contract' between the clothing and the consumer is broken, resulting in shocked rejection or euphoric acceptance.
2009, Leslie Stratyner & James R. Keller, The Deep End of South Park, ISBN 0786453338:
- South Park, at the end of the twentieth century, earned international acclaim as the most obscene, scatological, sacrilegious, and popular comedy in the American mainstream and became a leading profit center for Comedy Central.
- Lewd or lustful
2011, Alberto Salinas, Jr, The Border Healer: My Life as a Curandero, ISBN 1467060518, page 123:
- I was contacted about a two-year-old Latino male and informed that his behavior was obscene. I was advised about this by two female relatives to the child. They had a hard time explaining to me that the boy wanted to have relations with his grandmother.
2013, Naser Hegazy, Secrets of Love, Marriage, Sex, Genius, Success, and Happiness, ISBN 1481781790:
- One of his contradictions, which is puzzling, comes from his objectivity, stubbornness, and great interest in abusive words and obscene jokes, despite his religiousness and his chastity, which he refused to abandon during his life.
- Disgusting or repulsive
- Excessive; beyond all reason.
2016, Marcela Del Sol, Kaleidoscope : my life's multiple reflections, ISBN 1925346935, page 102:
- I was never jealous or envious when it came to things. The fact that Mama wanted to shower my friend with presents never affected me. Things meant nothing to me because I had an obscene quantity of everything.
- (law) Liable to deprave or corrupt
2009, Andrea Millwood Hargrave & Sonia M. Livingstone, Harm and Offence in Media Content: A Review of the Evidence, ISBN 1841502383:
- An article would have no tendency to deprave if it were so revolting that it would put anyone off the kind of depraved activity depicted. As stated in section 1(1) of the 1959 Act, an article is only obscene if its effect is such as to tend to deprave .
2011, Hugh Jones & Christopher Benson, Publishing Law, ISBN 1136875786, page 196:
- An article is not obscene simply because it is repulsive or filthy. The prosecution must prove that its tendency is strong enough actually to deprave and corrupt a significant proportion of its likely audience; in other words, to pervert or corrupt their morals sufficiently for it to constitute a public menace.
2014, Rhona Smith, Eimear Spain, & Richard Glancey, Core Statutes on Public Law & Civil Liberties 2014-15, ISBN 1137433051, page 18:
- For the purposes of this Act an article shall be deemed to be obscene if its effector (where the article comprises two or more distinct items) the effect of any one of its items is, if taken as a whole, such as to tend to deprave and corrupt persons who are likely, having regard to all relevant circumstances, to read, see or hear the matter contained or embodied in it.
- The comparative obscener and superlative obscenest, though formed by valid rules for English, are less common than more obscene and most obscene.
offensive to current standards of decency or morality
lewd or lustful
disgusting or repulsive
liable to deprave or corrupt
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Translations to be checked
- obscene in Charlton T. Lewis and Charles Short (1879) A Latin Dictionary, Oxford: Clarendon Press
- obscene in Charlton T. Lewis (1891) An Elementary Latin Dictionary, New York: Harper & Brothers
- “obscene” in Félix Gaffiot’s Dictionnaire Illustré Latin-Français, Hachette (1934)