1. Sexually explicit writing, images, video, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.
2. Lurid or sensational material. Often used in combination: violence pornography.
[French pornographie, from pornographe, pornographer, from Late Greek pornographos, writing about prostitutes : pornē, prostitute; see per-5 in the Appendix of Indo-European roots + graphein, to write; see -GRAPHY.]
por′no·graphic (pôr′nə-grăfĭk) adj.
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