- Pornography is written, printed or video material that contains sexually explicit images or content that some people find to be arousing.
An example of pornography is a movie depicting men and women having sex that is intended to get you sexually excited.
pornography definition by Webster's New World
- writings, pictures, etc. intended primarily to arouse sexual desire
- the production of such writings, pictures, etc.
Origin: ; from Classical Greek pornographos, writing about prostitutes ; from pornē, a prostitute, origin, originally a euphemism, literally , (something) sold, akin to pernēmi, to sell (esp. as a slave, or for a bribe) ; from Indo-European base an unverified form per-, to sell, bring across, come over from source fare plush Classical Greek graphein, to write: see graphic
pornography definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.
- The presentation or production of this material.
- Lurid or sensational material: “Recent novels about the Holocaust have kept Hitler well offstage [so as] to avoid the … pornography of the era” (Morris Dickstein).
Origin: French pornographie, from pornographe, pornographer, from Late Greek pornographos, writing about prostitutes : pornē, prostitute; see per-5 in Indo-European roots + graphein, to write; see -graphy.
- por·nogˈra·pher noun
- porˌno·graphˈic adjective
- porˌno·graphˈi·cal·ly adverb
pornography - Cultural Definition
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.)
pornography - Legal Definition