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 (pôrn) Slang
a. Pornography.
b. A pornographic film or video.
2. Lurid or sensational material. Often used in combination: disaster porn.
3. Printed material featuring enticing photography: "quirky or scholarly garden books that would be lost in the spring flood of garden porn" (Michael Pollan).

porn′y adj.
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adj, -nier or -niest
slang relating to pornography; pornographic
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