salacious

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adjective sa·la·cious \ sə-ˈlā-shəs \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of salacious

1 :arousing or appealing to sexual desire or imagination
  • salacious headlines
  • salacious lyrics

salaciously

adverb

salaciousness

noun

Examples of salacious in a Sentence

  1. 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 ClarkeTimes Literary Supplement21 Nov. 2008
  2. 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.HyphenWinter 2007
  3. 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 SaundersBoston Globe6 Oct.1997
  4. a song with salacious lyrics

  5. the salacious Greek god Pan is generally portrayed as having the legs, horns, and ears of a goat

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Origin and Etymology of salacious

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


SALACIOUS Defined for English Language Learners

salacious

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Definition of salacious for English Language Learners

  • : relating to sex in a way that is excessive or offensive



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