raunchiness

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raunchy +‎ -ness.

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raunchiness (uncountable)

  1. The characteristic of being raunchy; sleaze, titillation.
    • 1982 November 15, John Simon, “Theater: Once is Too Much”, in Edward Kosner, editor, New York, volume 15, number 45, New York, N.Y.: News Group Publications, ISSN 0028-7369, OCLC 1002002954, page 105, column 1:
      But in none of these did he [Murray Schisgal] descend to the vulgarity and witlessness of his new double bill, Twice Around the Park, a television comedy with added raunchiness that would not be permitted on TV.
    • 1993, Daniel E. Anderson, The Masks of Dionysos: A Commentary on Plato’s Symposium (SUNY Series in Ancient Greek Philosophy), Albany, N.Y.: State University of New York Press, →ISBN, page 40:
      Not unexpectedly, we find here a satire not merely of what Eryximakhos says, but of the whole Empedoklean mask that he wears, a satire in which some of the references [] are rather pointed, and much of the humor of which depends upon a certain phallic raunchiness characteristic of Aristophanic comedy.
    • 2014, Thomas Keneally, “War’s After-shadows: From the Secret Armies to the Reds”, in Australians: Flappers to Vietnam, Crows Nest, N.S.W.: Allen & Unwin, →ISBN, page 26:
      During the summer of 1897 to 1898, he [Norman Lindsay] placed classical Greek and European figures in the landscape of Charterisville near Heidelberg outside Melbourne, and did line and wash drawings for [Giovanni] Boccaccio's Decameron, for whose raunchiness any young bohemian had to be an enthusiast.
    • 2017 September 27, David Browne, “Hugh Hefner, ‘Playboy’ Founder, Dead at 91: Legendary Magazine Editor Helped Spark the Sexual Revolution”, in Rolling Stone[1], archived from the original on 15 March 2018:
      For all the raunchiness of his product, [Hugh] Hefner remained an unusually complex figure. His Playboy Clubs were open to all races – unheard of at the time, the Sixties – and in 1964, he launched the Playboy Foundation to fight censorship.

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