One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate erotic rather than aesthetic or emotional feelings.
erotica, pornographic material, pornographic films, pornographic literature, pornographic videos, hard-core pornography, soft-core pornography, dirty booksView synonyms
- ‘Hardcore pornography only becomes a problem, it seems, when consumed in private.’
- ‘Miller found me guilty of adultery and possessing pornography and formally reprimanded me.’
- ‘Was it illuminating and instructive, or was it merely emotional pornography?’
- ‘There's always a tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography.’
- ‘They seem to forget that pornography is one of America's biggest industries.’
- ‘From fast food to perfumes, advertising images drawn from pornography surround us.’
- ‘Could it be that Leftists are not bothered by pornography but do like to deplore violence?’
- ‘The denial of the social fact of sexuality in pornography is made explicit in its audience.’
- ‘Moore also told officers that they would find images of child pornography on his computer.’
- ‘This is not hardcore pornography and the material can be bought in many stores.’
- ‘Downloading pornography is classified as making an image because it creates a new version.’
- ‘The media presenting the images like pornography, with a mixture of outrage and titillation.’
- ‘Access to pornography, however, does not appear to have been universally restricted.’
- ‘Someone once described pornography as an industry that creates desire where none exists.’
- ‘Yet he watches pornography as he has his first sexual relationship with her.’
- ‘He is concerned by the mainstream media's portrayal of women as much as Internet pornography.’
- ‘So young people binge drink, fight, take lots of drugs, and watch pornography on TV.’
- ‘Because it was limited to the elite, pornography had a kind of back-door respectability.’
- ‘Miller's stories fold into a pleasingly nasty and perverse piece of pornography.’
- ‘They are the only political party in the UK to endorse the production of juvenile pornography.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek pornographos ‘writing about prostitutes’, from pornē ‘prostitute’ + graphein ‘write’.
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