n. offensive to accepted standards of decency or modesty; repulsive; disgusting
The way he writes about the disease that killed her is simply obscene.
Sentence in Classic:
It broke from him like a wail of despair from a hell of sufferers and died in a wail of furious entreaty, a cry for an iniquitous abandonment, a cry which was but the echo of an obscene scrawl which he had read on the oozing wall of a urinal.
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man By James Joyce Context
In the meantime, the drinkers had begun to sing an obscene song, and to laugh at it until the ceiling shook.
Les Misérables (V2) By Victor Hugo Context
She thought of smoking a cigarette, to shock them, and dismissed the obscene thought before it was quite formed.
Main Street By Sinclair Lewis Context
There are some things that the Southern white man will not tolerate, and the obscene intimations of the foregoing have brought the writer to the very outermost limit of public patience.
Southern Horrors By Ida B. Wells-Barnett Context
On the white steps an obscene word, scrawled by some boy with a piece of brick, stood out clearly in the moonlight and I erased it, drawing my shoe raspingly along the stone.
The Great Gatsby By F. Scott Fitzgerald Context
Its tenacious grip plucked at our heels as we walked, and when we sank into it it was as if some malignant hand was tugging us down into those obscene depths, so grim and purposeful was the clutch in which it held us.
The Hound of the Baskervilles By A. Conan Doyle Context