Meaning of “obscene” in the English Dictionary

"obscene" in British English

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uk /əbˈsiːn/ us /əbˈsiːn/

C2 offensive, rude, or shocking, usually because of being too obviously related to sex or showing sex:

In the raid, police found several boxes of obscene DVDs.
He was jailed for making obscene phone calls (= ones in which unwanted sexual suggestions were made to the listener).

C2 morally wrong, often describing something that is wrong because it is too large:

to make obscene profits
The salaries some bankers earn are obscene.
He eats obscene amounts of food.

More examples

  • Somebody's been posting obscene messages in this chat room.
  • Recently she has been the target of a series of obscene phone calls.
  • His paintings are just obscene.
  • They scrawled obscene messages on his car windscreen.
adverb uk /əbˈsiː us /əbˈsiː

He's obscenely rich/fat/cruel.

(Definition of “obscene” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"obscene" in American English

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us /əbˈsin, ɑb-/

(Definition of “obscene” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)