Trope said her request for nearly $1 million a month was “obscene” and invoked Marie Antoinette.
A monumental political bombshell, his obscene downfall was a cinematic gimme, sure to set screenwriter hearts aflutter.
Google became a company with $30 billion in revenues—and with obscene (nearly 30 percent) net profit margins.
I think he thought that it was the liberal position that all obscene art deserved public funding.
Anything involving that obscene level of cash will definitely have juicy stories behind it.
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.