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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'.



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.

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