Legal Definition and Related Resources of Pornography

Meaning of Pornography

That which is pornographic . See Pornographic.

Synonyms of Pornography


  • bawdiness
  • curiosa
  • erotica
  • filth
  • indecency
  • lewdness
  • lubricity
  • obscene art
  • obscene literature
  • obscenity
  • prurience
  • salaciousness
  • salacity
  • smut
  • vulgarity Associated Concepts: censorship
  • First Amendment rights

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This term is a noun.

Etimology of Pornography

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1843, “ancient obscene painting, especially in temples of Bacchus,” from French pornographie, from Greek pornographos “(one) depicting prostitutes,” from porne “prostitute,” originally “bought, purchased” (with an original notion, probably of “female slave sold for prostitution”), related to pernanai “to sell,” from PIE root *per- (5) “to traffic in, to sell” (see price; this term is also a noun.) + graphein “to write” (see -graphy). A brothel in ancient Greek was a porneion. Pornography, or obscene painting, which in the time of the Romans was practiced with the grossest license, prevailed especially at no particular period in Greece, but was apparently tolerated to a considerable extent at all times. Parrhasius, Aristides, Pausanias, Nicophanes, Chaerephanes, Arellius, and a few other [pornographoi] are mentioned as having made themselves notorious for this species of license. [Charles Anthon, “Dictionary of Greek and Roman Antiquities,” New York, 1843] In reference to modern works by 1859 (originally French novels), later as a charge against native literature; sense of “obscene pictures” in modern times is from 1906. Also sometimes used late 19c. for “description of prostitutes” as a matter of public hygiene. The “Medical Archives” in 1873 proposed porniatria for “the lengthy and really meaningless expression ‘social evil hospital’ ….” I shall not today attempt further to define the kinds of material I understand to be embraced within that shorthand description [hard-core pornography]; and perhaps I could never succeed in intelligibly doing so. But I know it when I see it, and the motion picture involved in this case is not that. [U.S. Supreme Court Justice Potter Stewart, concurring opinion, “Jacobellis v. Ohio,” 1964] In ancient contexts, often paired with rhypography, “genre painting of low, sordid, or unsuitable subjects.” Pornocracy (1860) is “the dominating influence of harlots,” used specifically of the government of Rome during the first half of the 10th century by Theodora and her daughters. Pornotopia (1966) was coined to describe the ideal erotic-world of pornographic movies.


Legal English Vocabulary: Pornography in Spanish

Online translation of the English legal term pornography into Spanish: pornografía (English to Spanish translation) . More about legal dictionary from english to spanish online.

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  • Delinquency
  • Juvenile Delinquency
  • Delinquent
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