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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. [1913 Webster] Mr. Cowley asserts plainly, that obscenity has no place in wit. --Dryden. [1913 Webster] No pardon vile obscenity should find. --Pope. [1913 Webster]