Definition of pornography in English:

pornography

noun

  • 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.

    • ‘Yet he watches pornography as he has his first sexual relationship with her.’
    • ‘Miller found me guilty of adultery and possessing pornography and formally reprimanded me.’
    • ‘He is concerned by the mainstream media's portrayal of women as much as Internet pornography.’
    • ‘Miller's stories fold into a pleasingly nasty and perverse piece of pornography.’
    • ‘Could it be that Leftists are not bothered by pornography but do like to deplore violence?’
    • ‘From fast food to perfumes, advertising images drawn from pornography surround us.’
    • ‘Hardcore pornography only becomes a problem, it seems, when consumed in private.’
    • ‘Someone once described pornography as an industry that creates desire where none exists.’
    • ‘There's always a tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography.’
    • ‘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?’
    • ‘Access to pornography, however, does not appear to have been universally restricted.’
    • ‘The denial of the social fact of sexuality in pornography is made explicit in its audience.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Because it was limited to the elite, pornography had a kind of back-door respectability.’
    • ‘This is not hardcore pornography and the material can be bought in many stores.’
    • ‘So young people binge drink, fight, take lots of drugs, and watch pornography on TV.’
    • ‘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.’
    erotica, pornographic material, pornographic films, pornographic literature, pornographic videos, hard-core pornography, soft-core pornography, dirty books
    smut, filth, vice
    porn, hard porn, soft porn, porno, girlie magazines, skin magazines, cheesecake, pornies
    facetiae
    curiosa
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Origin

Mid 19th century: from Greek pornographos writing about prostitutes from pornē prostitute + graphein write.

Pronunciation:

pornography

/pôrˈnäɡrəfē/