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pornography

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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

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

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>

pornographic play \ˌpȯr-nə-ˈgra-fik\ adjective
pornographically play \-fi-k(ə-)lē\ adverb

Examples of pornography in a sentence

  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


Law Dictionary

pornography

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noun por·nog·ra·phy \pȯr-ˈnä-grə-fē\

Legal Definition of pornography

  1. :  material that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement

pornographer \pȯr-ˈnä-grə-fər\ play noun
pornographic \ˌpȯr-nə-ˈgra-fik\ play adjective
pornographically adverb


Additional Notes on pornography

Pornographic material is protected expression unless it is determined to be obscene. However, child pornography is illegal under federal and state laws prohibiting the depiction of minors in sexual acts.



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