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pornography

play
noun por·nog·ra·phy \-fē\

Simple Definition of pornography

  • : movies, pictures, magazines, etc., that show or describe naked people or sex in a very open and direct way in order to cause sexual excitement

Full Definition of pornography

  1. 1 :  the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement

  2. 2 :  material (as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement

  3. 3 :  the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction <the pornography of violence>

por·no·graph·ic play \ˌpȯr-nə-ˈgra-fik\ adjective
por·no·graph·i·cal·ly play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of pornography

  1. If you ask me, his movies are just high-class pornography.



Origin of pornography

Greek pornographos, adjective, writing about prostitutes, from pornē prostitute + graphein to write; akin to Greek pernanai to sell, poros journey — more at fare, carve


First Known Use: 1858



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