Meaning of pornography in English:


Pronunciation /pɔːˈnɒɡrəfi/

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mass noun
  • Printed or visual material containing the explicit description or display of sexual organs or activity, intended to stimulate sexual excitement.

    ‘she warned that access to hardcore pornography was shaping children's expectations of relationships’
    • ‘an Idaho man has been sentenced to 30 years in prison for distribution and possession of child pornography’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Miller found me guilty of adultery and possessing pornography and formally reprimanded me.’
    • ‘The media presenting the images like pornography, with a mixture of outrage and titillation.’
    • ‘Someone once described pornography as an industry that creates desire where none exists.’
    • ‘From fast food to perfumes, advertising images drawn from pornography surround us.’
    • ‘Moore also told officers that they would find images of child pornography on his computer.’
    • ‘Yet he watches pornography as he has his first sexual relationship with her.’
    • ‘Hardcore pornography only becomes a problem, it seems, when consumed in private.’
    • ‘He is concerned by the mainstream media's portrayal of women as much as Internet pornography.’
    • ‘Downloading pornography is classified as making an image because it creates a new version.’
    • ‘Miller's stories fold into a pleasingly nasty and perverse piece of pornography.’
    • ‘They seem to forget that pornography is one of America's biggest industries.’
    • ‘They are the only political party in the UK to endorse the production of juvenile pornography.’
    • ‘Was it illuminating and instructive, or was it merely emotional pornography?’
    • ‘Could it be that Leftists are not bothered by pornography but do like to deplore violence?’
    • ‘Access to pornography, however, does not appear to have been universally restricted.’
    • ‘Because it was limited to the elite, pornography had a kind of back-door respectability.’
    • ‘So young people binge drink, fight, take lots of drugs, and watch pornography on TV.’
    erotica, pornographic material, pornographic films, pornographic literature, pornographic videos, hardcore pornography, soft-core pornography, dirty books
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Mid 19th century from Greek pornographos ‘writing about prostitutes’, from pornē ‘prostitute’ + graphein ‘write’.