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pornography Syllabification: por·nog·ra·phy
Pronunciation: /pôrˈnäɡrəfē/

Definition of pornography in English:


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.
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


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

Words that rhyme with pornography

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