Definition of pornography in English:


Syllabification: por·nog·ra·phy
Pronunciation: /pôrˈnägrəfē


  • 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.
    More example sentences
    • 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.
    • There's always a tricky issue when you get into stolen material or pornography.
    erotica, pornographic material, dirty books; smut, filth, vice
    informal (hard/soft) porn, porno, girlie magazines, skin flicks



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  • It's true, what Americans would call pornography, Japanese pornographers call ‘pink film.’
  • The internet, headlines constantly warn us, is an unregulated haven of paedophiles and pornographers, hackers and hate-criminals, fraudsters and phishermen.
  • From politicians to con artists, rapists to flesh peddling pornographers, we all have a certain visual reference point for the redolent and the reprobate.


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

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