An obscenity is a dirty word or phrase. It can also refer to the quality of being lewd, bawdy, or just plain offensive.

You know those four-letter words that everyone knows but not everyone likes to hear? The ones that will get you in trouble if you say them in school or on television? They are obscenities, which are also known as swear words. You can also say that anything offensive or inappropriate is an obscenity. This can include things that are not only dirty, but things that are offensive in other ways. Many say torture and war are obscenities.

Definitions of obscenity
  1. noun
    the trait of behaving in an obscene manner
    synonyms: bawdiness, lewdness, salaciousness, salacity
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    dirtiness, smuttiness
    obscenity in speech or writing
    type of:
    the quality of being indecent
  2. noun
    an offensive or indecent word or phrase
    synonyms: dirty word, filth, smut, vulgarism
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    bawdry, bawdy
    lewd or obscene talk or writing
    a preoccupation with obscenity (especially that dealing with excrement or excretory functions)
    type of:
    vulgar or irreverent speech or action
  3. noun
    an obscene act
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    type of:
    impropriety, indecency
    an indecent or improper act
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