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salacious

[suh-ley-shuh s] /səˈleɪ ʃəs/
adjective
1.
lustful or lecherous.
2.
(of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.
Origin of salacious
1635-1645
1635-45; < Latin salāci- (stem of salāx) lustful (derivative of salīre to jump, move spasmodically, spurt; see salient, saltation) + -ous
Related forms
salaciously, adverb
salaciousness, salacity
[suh-las-i-tee] /səˈlæs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
noun
unsalacious, adjective
unsalaciously, adverb
unsalaciousness, noun
Synonyms
1. lewd, wanton, lascivious, libidinous. 2. pornographic.
Antonyms
1. modest.
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  • The chief resurrectionist was one Abraham Hay-ward, known as a teller of salacious stories at the Athenaeum.

  • Similarly, the word "salacious," or lustful, had this origin.

    The Covenant of Salt Henry Clay Trumbull
  • Mr. Hewitt, of Birmingham, tells me that the common hen prefers a salacious cock, but is quite indifferent to colour.

  • "It takes a nasty, salacious mind to make that kind of separation," I said.

    Do Unto Others Mark Clifton
  • Fromentin was singing,—a ribald marching song, an unprintable thing, salacious and vilifying the Boches.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for salacious

salacious

/səˈleɪʃəs/
adjective
1.
having an excessive interest in sex
2.
(of books, magazines, etc) erotic, bawdy, or lewd
Derived Forms
salaciously, adverb
salaciousness, salacity (səˈlæsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin salax fond of leaping, from salīre to leap
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Word Origin and History for salacious
adj.

1660s, from Latin salax (genitive salacis) "lustful," probably originally "fond of leaping," as in a male animal leaping on a female in sexual advances, from salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Earliest form of the word in English is salacity (c.1600). Related: Salaciously; salaciousness.

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