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"obscene" in British English

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obsceneadjective

uk   us   /əbˈsiːn/
C2 offensive, ​rude, or ​shocking, usually because of being too ​obviouslyrelated to ​sex or ​showingsex: In the ​raid, ​policefound several ​boxes of obscene DVDs. He was ​jailed for making obscene phonecalls (= ​ones in which ​unwantedsexualsuggestions were made to the ​listener). obscene ​language/​graffitiC2 morallywrong, often ​describing something that is ​wrong because it is too ​large: to make obscene ​profits The ​salaries some ​bankersearn are obscene. He ​eats obscene ​amounts of ​food.

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obscenely
adverb uk   us   /-li/
He's obscenely ​rich/​fat/​cruel.
(Definition of obscene from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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obsceneadjective

 us   /əbˈsin, ɑb-/
offensive, ​rude, or ​disgustingaccording to ​acceptedmoralstandards
(Definition of obscene from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
Translations of “obscene”
in Spanish obsceno…
in Vietnamese tục tĩu…
in Malaysian lucah…
in Thai ลามก…
in French obscène…
in German obszön…
in Chinese (Simplified) 猥亵的, 淫秽的, 下流的…
in Turkish müstehcen, açık saçık, edebe/ahlaka aykırı…
in Russian непристойный, большой до неприличия…
in Indonesian jorok…
in Chinese (Traditional) 猥褻的, 淫穢的, 下流的…
in Polish nieprzyzwoity, obsceniczny…
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