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An obscenity is any statement or act which strongly offends the prevalent morality of the time. it is derived from the latin obscaena (offstage) a cognate of the ancient greek root skene, because some potentially offensive content, such as murder or sex, was depicted offstage in classical drama. the word can be used to indicate a strong moral repugnance, in expressions such as "obscene profits" or "the obscenity of war".