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Date: 1500-1600
Language: Old French
Origin: Latin obscenus

obscene

adjective
     
ob‧scene
1 relating to sex in a way that is shocking and offensive [↪ rude]:
Bradford made an obscene gesture.
obscene phone calls (=calls from an unknown person saying obscene things)
obscene photographs
2 extremely unfair, immoral, or unpleasant, especially in a way that makes you angry:
Some players earn obscene amounts of money.
an obscene act of cruelty
obscenely adverb

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