pornography[pôr näg′rə fē]
- 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.
- writings, pictures, etc. intended primarily to arouse sexual desire
- the production of such writings, pictures, etc.
Origin of pornography; 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 + Classical Greek graphein, to write: see graphic
- Sexually explicit writing, images, video, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.
- Lurid or sensational material. Often used in combination: violence pornography.
Origin of pornographyFrench 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.
(usually uncountable, plural pornographies)
- The explicit depiction of sexual subject matter; a display of material of an erotic nature. [from the mid-19th c.]
- "What is pornography to one man, is the laughter of genius to another." by D.H. Lawrence as cited on page 10's "Confining the Pornography Dragon" by The Cambridge Law Journal in issue 1980.
- Was the pornography hetero or gay?
- (usually humorous) The graphic, detailed, often gratuitous depiction of something.
- In The Four Pillars of Wisdom, he devotes a well-deserved chapter to the financial press and its weakness for "financial pornography"—lurid coverage of star money managers. (Seattle Times, Auhust 4, 2002)
From Ancient Greek πορνογράφος (pornographos), from πόρνη (pornē, “prostitute”) + γράφω (graphō, “I write”).
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