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
- ‘So young people binge drink, fight, take lots of drugs, and watch pornography on TV.’
- ‘Miller's stories fold into a pleasingly nasty and perverse piece of pornography.’
- ‘Yet he watches pornography as he has his first sexual relationship with her.’
- ‘Because it was limited to the elite, pornography had a kind of back-door respectability.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Was it illuminating and instructive, or was it merely emotional pornography?’
- ‘Miller found me guilty of adultery and possessing pornography and formally reprimanded me.’
- ‘There's always a tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography.’
- ‘The media presenting the images like pornography, with a mixture of outrage and titillation.’
- ‘They seem to forget that pornography is one of America's biggest industries.’
- ‘Someone once described pornography as an industry that creates desire where none exists.’
- ‘From fast food to perfumes, advertising images drawn from pornography surround us.’
- ‘Downloading pornography is classified as making an image because it creates a new version.’
- ‘They are the only political party in the UK to endorse the production of juvenile pornography.’
- ‘This is not hardcore pornography and the material can be bought in many stores.’
- ‘He is concerned by the mainstream media's portrayal of women as much as Internet pornography.’
- ‘Access to pornography, however, does not appear to have been universally restricted.’
- ‘Could it be that Leftists are not bothered by pornography but do like to deplore violence?’
- ‘Hardcore pornography only becomes a problem, it seems, when consumed in private.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek pornographos ‘writing about prostitutes’, from pornē ‘prostitute’ + graphein ‘write’.
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