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