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From: Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)

 Ob·scen·i·ty n.; pl. Obscenities   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.
    Mr. Cowley asserts plainly, that obscenity has no place in wit.   --Dryden.
    No pardon vile obscenity should find.   --Pope.