pornography

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n pornography creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Pornography (Med) A treatise on prostitutes, or prostitution.
    • Pornography Licentious painting or literature; especially, the painting anciently employed to decorate the walls of rooms devoted to bacchanalian orgies.
    • Pornography 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.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n pornography A description of or treatise on prostitutes or prostitution; hence, obscene writing.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Pornography the discussion of prostitution: obscene writing
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Quotations

  • Iris Murdoch
    Iris%20Murdoch
    “But fantasy kills imagination, pornography is death to art.”
  • Gloria Steinem
    Gloria%20Steinem
    “Pornography is the instruction. Rape is the practice, battered women are the practice, and battered children are the practice.”
  • John Stoltenberg
    John Stoltenberg
    “Pornography tells lies about women. But pornography tells the truth about men.”
  • Angela Lambert
    Angela Lambert
    “Pornography is literature designed to be read with one hand.”
  • D. H. Lawrence
    D.%20H.%20Lawrence
    “Pornography is the attempt to insult sex, to do dirt on it.”
  • Gloria Leonard
    Gloria Leonard
    “The difference between pornography and erotica is lighting.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Gr. a harlot + -graphy,
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Gr. pornē, a whore, kratein, to rule.

Usage

In literature:

Paris is no longer the city of light, but the city of pornography and dressmakers.
"The Woman With The Fan" by Robert Hichens
Divorce yourself from whatever pornography youre gloating over at the moment to see if we can use him.
"Greener Than You Think" by Ward Moore
At that time it was a veritable museum of pornography, the apotheosis of Paphian voluptuousness.
"Secret Memoirs: The Story of Louise, Crown Princess" by Henry W. Fischer
The old bachelor who is not chaste generally descends to pornography, only becoming acquainted with the worst side of woman.
"The Sexual Question" by August Forel
There is no market for pornography, for pornography makes no converts who were not already converted.
"A Novelist on Novels" by W. L. George
Any one skilled in the science of pornography.
"The Roycroft Dictionary" by Elbert Hubbard
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In poetry:

Sex was of course -- it always is --
The most enticing of mysteries,
But news-stands did not then supply
Manichean pornography.
"Doggerel" by W H Auden

In news:

Spaid , 36, of Macon was sentenced to 25 months in prison involving his possession of child pornography in December 2010.
Billie J Spaid was sentenced to 25 months in prison involving his possession of child pornography in December 2010.
Not that there's anything wrong with pornography, but does everything have to be pornography now.
Air Force staff sergeant accused in child pornography case.
Payne Elementary School faces charges of sexual assault of a child and possession of child pornography, authorities said.
CAPITAL DISTRICT — A Colonie Tae Kwon Do instructor was arrested on child pornography charges Thursday, May 17, according to Colonie police.
His response had a lot to do with his relationship with the league office, a little to do with pornography and nothing to do with the GM's thoughts on tanking .
THERE are not many conferences at which a talk by Bill Gates on preventing malaria and educating America's disadvantaged school children would be followed by a discourse on how internet pornography is changing relations between the sexes.
And if you read anything about pornography addiction and what it does to lives and to families, you'll understand that statement.
FBI job applicant can't take back pornography admission - court.
A 33-year-old US Army criminal investigator accused of downloading child pornography allegedly told federal agents he is a pedophile who has been collecting child porn since he was 15 years old.
Lewis initially was arrested Sept 21 on a complaint of possessing child pornography and was later released on bond.
Doctor arrested in child-pornography investigation.
The Central Michigan University professor at the center of a pornography investigation has resigned.
An Astoria man held on $1 million bail has pleaded not guilty to 72 child pornography charges.
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