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Indecency definitions

Webster's 1828 Dictionary

INDE'CENCY, n. [L. indecens, indeceo; in and deceo, to become.]
That which is unbecoming in language or manners; any action or behavior which is deemed a violation of modesty, or an offense to delicacy, as rude or wanton actions, obscene language, and whatever tends to excite a blush in a spectator. Extreme assurance or impudence may also be deemed indecency of behavior towards superiors. [See Indecorum.]

WordNet (r) 3.0 (2005)

n
1: the quality of being indecent [ant: decency]
2: an indecent or improper act [syn: indecency, impropriety]

Merriam Webster's

noun Date: 1589 1. the quality or state of being indecent 2. something (as a word or action) that is indecent

Webster's 1913 Dictionary

Indecency In*de"cen*cy, n.; pl. Indecencies. [L. indecentia unseemliness: cf. F. ind['e]cence.] 1. The quality or state of being indecent; want of decency, modesty, or good manners; obscenity. 2. That which is indecent; an indecent word or act; an offense against delicacy. They who, by speech or writing, present to the ear or the eye of modesty any of the indecencies I allude to, are pests of society. --Beattie. Syn: Indelicacy; indecorum; immodesty; impurity; obscenity. See Indecorum.

Collin's Cobuild Dictionary

1. If you talk about the indecency of something or someone, you are indicating that you find them morally or sexually offensive. ...the indecency of their language. 2. In law, an act of indecency is an illegal sexual act. They were found guilty of acts of gross indecency.

Soule's Dictionary of English Synonyms

n. 1. Indecorum, impropriety, unseemliness, offensiveness, outrageousness. 2. Indelicacy, coarseness, grossness, immodesty, impurity, obscenity, foulness, filthiness, vileness.

Moby Thesaurus

Babbittry, andromania, aphrodisia, bad taste, biological urge, bodily appetite, bourgeois taste, camp, campiness, carnal desire, concupiscence, desire, eromania, eroticism, eroticomaniac, erotism, erotomania, fleshly lust, furor uterinus, goatishness, gynecomania, high camp, horniness, hot blood, hot pants, impropriety, impurity, inappropriateness, indecorousness, indecorum, indelicacy, inelegance, inelegancy, infantile sexuality, itch, kitsch, lasciviousness, libidinousness, low camp, lust, lustfulness, maculacy, nymphomania, passion, philistinism, polymorphous perversity, poor taste, pop, pop culture, prurience, pruriency, satyriasis, satyrism, sexual desire, sexual longing, sexual passion, soiledness, sulliedness, taintedness, tastelessness, unaestheticism, unaestheticness, unbecomingness, unchasteness, unchastity, uncleanliness, uncleanness, unfittingness, unseemliness, unsuitability, unsuitableness, unvirtuousness, venereal appetite, vulgar taste, vulgarism, vulgarity, vulgarness



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