From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Obscenity \Ob*scen"i*ty\, n.; pl. Obscenities. [L. obscentias:
   cf. F. obsc['e]nit['e].]
   That quality in words or things which presents what is
   offensive to chastity or purity of mind; obscene or impure
   lanquage or acts; moral impurity; lewdness; obsceneness; as,
   the obscenity of a speech, or a picture.
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         Mr. Cowley asserts plainly, that obscenity has no place
         in wit.                                  --Dryden.
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         No pardon vile obscenity should find.    --Pope.
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