American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2

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Author: Noah Webster

Obsceneness

OBSCE’NENESS,

OBSCEN’ITY, n. [L. obscaenitas.]

1. Impurity in expression or representation; that quality in words or things which presents what is offensive to chastity or purity of mind; ribaldry.

Cowley asserts plainly that obscenity has no place in wit.

Those fables were tempered with the Italian severity, and free from any note of infamy or obsceneness.

No pardon vile obscenity should find.

2. Unchaste actions; lewdness.

To wash th’ obscenities of night away.

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Chicago: Noah Webster Jr., "Obsceneness," American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2 (New York: S. Converse, 1828), Original Sources, accessed October 4, 2022, http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L16XDZWKP4A63VF.

MLA: Webster, Noah, Jr. "Obsceneness." American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, in An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, New York, S. Converse, 1828, Original Sources. 4 Oct. 2022. http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L16XDZWKP4A63VF.

Harvard: Webster, N, 'Obsceneness' in American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2. cited in 1828, An American Dictionary of the English Language, Vol. 2, S. Converse, New York. Original Sources, retrieved 4 October 2022, from http://www.originalsources.com/Document.aspx?DocID=L16XDZWKP4A63VF.