Definition of pornography in English:

pornography

Line breaks: porn|og¦raphy
Pronunciation: /pɔːˈnɒgrəfi
 
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noun

[mass noun]
  • Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement.
    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.
    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
    curiosa

Derivatives

pornographer

noun
More 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'.

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