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Obscene


OBSCE'NE, adjective [Latin obscaenus.]

1. Offensive to chastity and delicacy; impure; expressing or presenting to the mind or view something which delicacy, purity and decency forbid; to be exposed; as obscene language; obscene pictures.

2. Foul; filthy; offensive; disgusting.

A girdle foul with grease binds his obscene attire.

3. Inauspicious; ill omened.

At the cheerful light, the groaning ghosts and birds obscene take flight.