indecency

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indecency

noun impropriety, indecorousness, obnoxiousness, tastelessness, unseemingliness, vulgarity
Associated concepts: indecent assault, indecent exposure, indecent liberties, indecent publications, lewd and lasciviius conduct
See also: impropriety, obscenity, pornography, sodomy, vice

INDECENCY. An act against good behaviour and a just delicacy. 2 Serg. & R. 91.
     2. The law, in general, will repress indecency as being contrary to good morals, but, when the public good requires it, the mere indecency of disclosures does not suffice to exclude them from being given in evidence. 3 Bouv. Inst. n. 3216.
     3. The following are examples of indecency: the exposure by a man of his naked person on a balcony, to public view, or bathing in public; 2 Campb. 89; or the exhibition of bawdy pictures. 2 Chit. Cr. Law, 42; 2 Serg. & Rawle, 91. This indecency is punishable by indictment. Vide 1 Sid. 168; S. C. 1 Keb. 620; 2 Yerg. R. 482, 589; 1 Mass. Rep. 8; 2 Chan. Cas. 110; 1 Russ. Cr. 302; 1 Hawk. P. C. c. 5, s. 4; 4 Bl. Com. 65, n.; 1 East, P. C. c. 1, s. 1; Burn's Just. Lewdness.

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On each of the indecency charges, he was jailed for five years added consecutively to which was terms of three years for the gross indecencies, while his 12-month term for the indecent photos was made to run concurrently, making a sentence of eight years.
I wish I were more offended by perceived indecencies on broadcast dials.