pornography
noun Etymology: Greek pornographos, adjective, writing about prostitutes, from pornē prostitute + graphein to write; akin to Greek pernanai to sell, poros journey — more at fare, carve Date: 1858 1. the depiction of erotic behavior (as in pictures or writing) intended to cause sexual excitement 2. material (as books or a photograph) that depicts erotic behavior and is intended to cause sexual excitement 3. the depiction of acts in a sensational manner so as to arouse a quick intense emotional reaction <
the pornography of violence
>
pornographic adjectivepornographically adverb

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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