obscene

Obscene describes something that is morally offensive in a sexual way. It's never a good idea to use obscene language at school.

Certain films, books, magazines, and other forms of entertainment are considered obscene because they portray sex in a very frank way that some people find vulgar and lewd. Obscene material, language, and jokes are considered taboo in polite society. Obscene can also be used to describe something repulsive — like when your friend ate an obscene number of snails at the Bastille Day bash.

Definitions of obscene
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adj offensive to the mind

“the obscene massacre at Wounded Knee”
Synonyms:
abhorrent, detestable, repugnant, repulsive
offensive
unpleasant or disgusting especially to the senses

adj designed to incite to indecency or lust

“"the dance often becomes flagrantly obscene"-Margaret Mead”
Synonyms:
indecent
offensive to good taste especially in sexual matters

adj suggestive of or tending to moral looseness

obscene telephone calls”
Synonyms:
lewd, raunchy, salacious
dirty
(of behavior or especially language) characterized by obscenity or indecency

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