from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.
- n. The presentation or production of this material.
- n. 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).
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. The graphic, detailed, often gratuitous depiction of something.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Licentious painting or literature; especially, the painting anciently employed to decorate the walls of rooms devoted to bacchanalian orgies.
- n. A treatise on prostitutes, or prostitution.
- n. obscene pictures, writings, drawings, motion pictures, videos, or the like intended primarily to cause sexual arousal and having little or no artistic merit; also, the content of such materials.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A description of or treatise on prostitutes or prostitution; hence, obscene writing.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
French pornographie, from pornographe, pornographer, from Late Greek pornographos, writing about prostitutes : pornē, prostitute; + graphein, to write; see -graphy.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Ancient Greek πορνογράφος (pornographos), from πόρνη (pornē, "prostitute") + γράφω (graphō, "I write"). (Wiktionary)