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pornography Line breaks: porn|og¦raphy
Pronunciation: /pɔːˈnɒɡrəfi/

Definition of pornography in English:

noun

[mass noun]
Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement.
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.
Synonyms
erotica, pornographic material, pornographic literature/films/videos, hard-core pornography, soft-core pornography, dirty books;
smut, filth, vice
informal porn, hard porn, soft porn, porno, skin/girlie magazines, cheesecake, pornies
dated , rare facetiae

Derivatives

pornographer

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Pronunciation: /pɔːˈnɒɡrəfə/
noun
Example sentences
  • 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.

Origin

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

Words that rhyme with pornography

autobiography, bibliography, biography, cardiography, cartography, chirography, choreography, chromatography, cinematography, cosmography, cryptography, demography, discography, filmography, geography, hagiography, historiography, hydrography, iconography, lexicography, lithography, oceanography, orthography, palaeography (US paleography), photography, radiography, reprography, stenography, topography, typography

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