American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth 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).
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A description of or treatise on prostitutes or prostitution; hence, obscene writing.
- n. The graphic, detailed, often gratuitous depiction of something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. Licentious painting or literature; especially, the painting anciently employed to decorate the walls of rooms devoted to bacchanalian orgies.
- n. (Med.) 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.
- n. creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
- From Ancient Greek πορνογράφος (pornographos), from πόρνη (pornē, "prostitute") + γράφω (graphō, "I write"). (Wiktionary)
- 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)
“Sexual gratification in pornography is not a function of emotional attachment, of kindness, of caring, and especially not of continuance of the relationship, as such continuance would translate into responsibilities, curtailments, and costs.”
“We are supposed to believe that the coming together of the family in pornography is a major step forward.”
“Many feminists are equally critical of the soft-core porn movies available at local video stores and on cable TV, arguing that the violence in pornography is often covert (and they include mainstream advertising images in their slide shows).”
“They also, unsurprisingly, inspired the word "pornography" - although not quite in the sense that we understand it today.”
“The term pornography is used on the passenger card as it is more recognisable to the travelling public than the term objectionable material," a Customs spokesman said.”
“The word pornography derives from the Greek word porn, meaning prostitution, and graphier, meaning to write, and so it means to write of prostitution.”
“While Imus, Stern, and the rappers are what I call pornography audio style, they have not had anywhere near the affect on the political discourse in this country as the hate mongers on right wing political media.”
“UNIDENTIFIED MALE: You learned at some point in time about Mr. Schaffel ` s background in what you called a pornography ...”
“The Ministry of Industry and Information Technology posted the new rules over the weekend, part of a three-phase plan to target what it called pornography accessible through cell phones.”
“A new kind of pornography is circulating the internet, finding a way around the mainstream censors, and into the living rooms of those with the stomach to watch video and image of soldiers decapitated, shot, burned or otherwise taken in their last moments on Earth.”
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