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pornography (n.)

1842年, “古代淫画, 特别是巴克斯神庙中的淫画”, 来自法语 pornographie, 来自希腊语 pornographos “(一) 描绘妓女”, 来自 graphein “写” (见 -graphy) + pornē “妓女”, 原为“买来的, 买来的” (有一个原始的概念, 可能是“卖给妓女的女奴” ), 与 pernanai “卖” 有关(来自PIE *perə-, 根 *per- (5) “贩卖, 出售” 的变体).

妓院在古希腊语中是一个 porneion. 到1859年指现代作品(原为法国小说), 后来作为对本土文学的指控; 现代“淫秽图画” 的意义是1906年开始的. 19世纪末有时也用于“描述妓女”, 作为公共卫生问题.

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]

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]

E. 布雷在《医学档案》[1872年12月]中提出“冗长而实在无意义的'社会邪恶医院'的表述 porniatria”. 在古代语境中, 常与 rhypography, “低级的, 肮脏的或不合适的题材的体裁画” 搭配.

Pornocracy (1860) 是“娼妓的支配性影响”, 专指10世纪上半叶贵族但挥霍无度的西奥多拉和她的女儿们对罗马政府的控制和对教廷的选举. Pornotopia (1966年) 被创造出来, 用来描述色情电影的理想情色世界.

Origin and meaning of pornography

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Definitions of pornography from WordNet

pornography (n.)
creative activity (writing or pictures or films etc.) of no literary or artistic value other than to stimulate sexual desire;
Synonyms: porno / porn / erotica / smut
From wordnet.princeton.edu