of pornography
: containing descriptions or scenes of sex acts that are less explicit than hard-core material

Examples of soft-core in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Plastered around New York City, the soft-core promo had pedestrians doing double takes. Mankaprr Conteh, Rolling Stone, 4 Oct. 2023 This makes the show feel like classic late-night premium-television soft-core, the stuff that comes up when people reduce the complexity of Euphoria or Trilogy to the wildest pull quote or plot point. Vulture, 30 June 2023 Such themes are dismissed as the stuff of romance novels and soft-core illustration. Vulture, 20 Mar. 2023 Aronofsky is not committed to gay spirituality (the lesbian vibes of his 2010 movie, Black Swan, were just a soft-core tease). Armond White, National Review, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History


soft entry 1 + hard-core

First Known Use

1962, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of soft-core was in 1962

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“Soft-core.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/soft-core. Accessed 9 Dec. 2023.

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