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Definition of salacious

1 : arousing or appealing to sexual desire or imagination salacious headlines salacious lyrics
2 : lecherous, lustful … have fiercely denounced the book's sketches of melodramatic lovers and salacious partygoers …— Casey Greenfield

Other Words from salacious

salaciously adverb
salaciousness noun

Examples of salacious in a Sentence

Lady Worsley's Whim, the story of Lady Worsley and her husband Sir Richard Worsley, is also reconstructed from some well-thumbed texts, in this case trial transcripts and newspaper reports of cases of "Criminal Conversation" which became popular eighteenth-century erotica. Charges … were brought by husbands seeking damages from the purported lovers of their supposedly adulterous wives, and the detail, which needed to be explicit, was frequently salacious. — Norma Clarke, Times Literary Supplement, 21 Nov. 2008 From snarky political commentary to salacious "memoirs" that flirt with both fact and fiction, scores of bloggers have gotten the book deal boon—with mixed results at the register. — Eunice Lee et al., Hyphen, Winter 2007 There's little difference between the junk mail in your mailbox and the junk e-mail that appears on your monitor, except that the e-mail is often of a salacious nature, e.g., the "hot, live XXX action" available at various dark alleyways on the web. — Michael Saunders, Boston Globe, 6 Oct.1997 a song with salacious lyrics the salacious Greek god Pan is generally portrayed as having the legs, horns, and ears of a goat
Recent Examples on the Web There were also more salacious allegations: Taylor also said Newberry once showed her a photo on his cellphone of another woman exposing her breasts. Kevin Grasha, The Enquirer, 21 Apr. 2022 One of the most salacious moments of the day didn’t revolved around drugs or alcohol, instead centering on a seemingly disturbing text that Depp had sent to Bettany. Tatiana Siegel, Rolling Stone, 21 Apr. 2022 The Steele dossier was a report compiled by former British spy Christopher Steele and financed by Democrats that included salacious allegations about Trump’s conduct in Russia and allegations about ties between the Trump campaign and Russia. Jill Colvin, ajc, 31 Mar. 2022 After their salacious divorce, Margaret never recovered socially or financially. Leena Kim, Town & Country, 29 Apr. 2022 Bae, billionaire fashionista is disowned by her ultra-rich family, owing to a salacious scandal and for the first time in her life, has to fend for herself. Naman Ramachandran, Variety, 28 Apr. 2022 Inevitably, that conversation turns to Monroe's reported relationships with John and Robert F. Kennedy, the subject of a seemingly endless number of documentaries and salacious (mostly TV) movies through the years. Brian Lowry, CNN, 27 Apr. 2022 On April 16, Lizzo hosted Saturday Night Live for the first time and used her opening monologue to address a bunch of salacious tabloid rumors. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 17 Apr. 2022 But the American appetite for such salacious fare was irrepressible. Sarah E. Igo, The Atlantic, 6 Apr. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of salacious

circa 1645, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for salacious

Latin salac-, salax, from salire to move spasmodically, leap — more at sally

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“Salacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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