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por·nog·ra·phy  audio  (pôr-ngr-f) KEY 

NOUN:
  1. Sexually explicit pictures, writing, or other material whose primary purpose is to cause sexual arousal.
  2. The presentation or production of this material.
  3. 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).

ETYMOLOGY:
French pornographie, from pornographe, pornographer, from Late Greek pornographos, writing about prostitutes : porn, prostitute; see per-5 in Indo-European roots + graphein, to write ; see -graphy

OTHER FORMS:
por·nogra·pher(Noun), porno·graphic  (pôrn-grfk) KEY (Adjective), porno·graphi·cal·ly(Adverb)


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