The Book of Mormon may be the most obscene show ever brought to a Broadway stage (think "Springtime for Hitler" writ large).
A monumental political bombshell, his obscene downfall was a cinematic gimme, sure to set screenwriter hearts aflutter.
I think he thought that it was the liberal position that all obscene art deserved public funding.
To Helms, LGBT Americans were “weak, morally sick wretches,” and AIDS education was “obscene” and “revolting.”
The curious case of the obscene Merrill Lynch bonuses just keeps getting more and more disturbing and harder and harder to fathom.
Then the Roman, adding a word or two, closed with an obscene gesture.
He growled an obscene oath as he heaved the great oar forward.
At every other word, you mean; every obscene or blasphemous one.
Between them they dragged into the light the obscene burden.
Out of this has come the notion of what is obscene, as the extreme of indecency and impropriety.
1590s, "offensive to the senses, or to taste and refinement," from Middle French obscène (16c.), from Latin obscenus "offensive," especially to modesty, originally "boding ill, inauspicious," of unknown origin; perhaps from ob "onto" (see ob-) + caenum "filth." Meaning "offensive to modesty or decency" is attested from 1590s. Legally, in U.S., it hinged on "whether to the average person, applying contemporary community standards, the dominant theme of the material taken as a whole appeals to a prurient interest." [Justice William Brennan, "Roth v. United States," June 24, 1957]; refined in 1973 by "Miller v. California":
The basic guidelines for the trier of fact must be: (a) whether 'the average person, applying contemporary community standards' would find that the work, taken as a whole, appeals to the prurient interest, (b) whether the work depicts or describes, in a patently offensive way, sexual conduct specifically defined by the applicable state law; and (c) whether the work, taken as a whole, lacks serious literary, artistic, political, or scientific value.Related: Obscenely.