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[suh-ley-shuh s] /səˈleɪ ʃəs/
lustful or lecherous.
(of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.
Origin of salacious
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),
unsalacious, adjective
unsalaciously, adverb
unsalaciousness, noun
1. lewd, wanton, lascivious, libidinous. 2. pornographic.
1. modest. Unabridged
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  • Usually, this applies to finances and property, but the judge could take salacious texts into account when deciding who gets what.
  • But the story is so much salacious fun that papers print it anyway.
  • The scandal is salacious, yes, but politically significant too.
  • salacious stories, whether true or not, made for good entertainment.
  • It looked too salacious, and not enough about power.
  • It usually traffics in mug shots, rehab reports and other salacious tidbits about celebrities.
  • Appeals court not troubled by admission of testimony concerning salacious remarks made by the guard on numerous occasions.
  • In treading tho middle path between the prudish and tho salacious.
British Dictionary definitions for salacious


having an excessive interest in sex
(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

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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