Ob*scen"i*ty (?), n.; pl. Obscenities (#). [L. obscentias: cf.F. obsc'enit'e.]
That quality in words or things which presents what is offensive to chasity or purity of mind; obscene or impure lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness; obsceneness; as, the obscenity of a speech, or a picture.
Mr.Cowley asserts plainly, that obscenity has no place in wit.
No pardon vile obscenity should find.
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