un-obscene

obscene

[uhb-seen]
adjective
1.
offensive to morality or decency; indecent; depraved: obscene language.
2.
causing uncontrolled sexual desire.
3.
abominable; disgusting; repulsive.

Origin:
1585–95; < Latin obscēnus, obscaenus

obscenely, adverb
obsceneness, noun
unobscene, adjective
unobscenely, adverb
unobsceneness, noun

lewd, obscene, pornographic, profanatory, profane.
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obscene (əbˈsiːn)
 
adj
1.  offensive or outrageous to accepted standards of decency or modesty
2.  law (of publications) having a tendency to deprave or corrupt
3.  disgusting; repellent: an obscene massacre
 
[C16: from Latin obscēnus inauspicious, perhaps related to caenum filth]
 
ob'scenely
 
adv

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obscene
1590s, "offensive to the senses, or to taste and refinement," from M.Fr. obscène, from L. obscenus "offensive," especially to modesty, originally "boding ill, inauspicious," perhaps from ob "onto" + cænum "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."
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