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
- ‘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.’
- ‘He is concerned by the mainstream media's portrayal of women as much as Internet pornography.’
- ‘They seem to forget that pornography is one of America's biggest industries.’
- ‘Could it be that Leftists are not bothered by pornography but do like to deplore violence?’
- ‘Access to pornography, however, does not appear to have been universally restricted.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘The media presenting the images like pornography, with a mixture of outrage and titillation.’
- ‘The denial of the social fact of sexuality in pornography is made explicit in its audience.’
- ‘This is not hardcore pornography and the material can be bought in many stores.’
- ‘Someone once described pornography as an industry that creates desire where none exists.’
- ‘Moore also told officers that they would find images of child pornography on his computer.’
- ‘Miller's stories fold into a pleasingly nasty and perverse piece of pornography.’
- ‘There's always a tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography.’
- ‘They are the only political party in the UK to endorse the production of juvenile pornography.’
- ‘Was it illuminating and instructive, or was it merely emotional pornography?’
- ‘Miller found me guilty of adultery and possessing pornography and formally reprimanded me.’
- ‘Hardcore pornography only becomes a problem, it seems, when consumed in private.’
- ‘So young people binge drink, fight, take lots of drugs, and watch pornography on TV.’
Mid 19th century: from Greek pornographos ‘writing about prostitutes’, from pornē ‘prostitute’ + graphein ‘write’.
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