pornography

[ pawr-nog-ruh-fee ]
/ pɔrˈnɒg rə fi /

noun

sexually explicit videos, photographs, writings, or the like, whose purpose is to elicit sexual arousal.

Origin of pornography

1840–50; < Greek pornográph(os) writing about harlots (porno-, combining form of pórnē harlot + -graphos -graph) + -y3
Related forms
Can be confusedlewd obscene pornographic profanatory profane
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British Dictionary definitions for pornography

pornography

/ (pɔːˈnɒɡrəfɪ) /

noun

writings, pictures, films, etc, designed to stimulate sexual excitement
the production of such material
Sometimes (informal) shortened to: porn, porno
Derived Formspornographer, nounpornographic (ˌpɔːnəˈɡræfɪk), adjectivepornographically, adverb

Word Origin for pornography

C19: from Greek pornographos writing of harlots, from pornē a harlot + graphein to write
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pornography


n.
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Culture definitions for pornography

pornography


Books, photographs, magazines, art, or music designed to excite sexual impulses and considered by public authorities or public opinion as in violation of accepted standards of sexual morality. American courts have not yet settled on a satisfactory definition of what constitutes pornographic material. (See obscenity.)

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