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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

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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
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Recent Examples on the Web Some criticized Chinese politics and others were more salacious and gossipy. Benedict Rogers, WSJ, "China Imprisons a Swedish Bookseller," 4 Mar. 2020 Clinton Lancaster, the attorney for Lunden Alexis Roberts, the woman suing Biden for child support, said earlier this week that Casey's allegations, which were included in a Monday pleading, appeared to be salacious. Hunter Field, Arkansas Online, "New bid to enter Biden case filed," 28 Dec. 2019 Jealousy, that's the more salacious [answer] that people will read into that. Maureen Lee Lenker,, "How to Get Away With Murder star Tom Verica on that Sam bombshell: 'Shocking is an understatement'," 1 May 2020 The Steele document included unverified and salacious accusations about Mr. Trump and has become a focus of Mr. Trump’s allies, who have sought to conflate it with the much broader investigation into Russia’s election interference. Nicholas Fandos, New York Times, "Republican-Led Review Backs Intelligence Findings on Russian Interference," 21 Apr. 2020 The dossier, which Steele put together for the Washington opposition research firm Fusion GPS, which was funded by the Democratic National Committee, contained salacious and unverified information about then-candidate Donald Trump. Catherine Herridge, CBS News, "Report footnotes show FBI knew Russians had early knowledge of Steele material," 15 Apr. 2020 He's been dating actress Brenda Song since around 2017, and finally revealed to Esquire the salacious details of what goes down behind the scenes of their relationship: laying in bed, baking bread, and petting their animals. Kathryn Lindsay,, "Macaulay Culkin Gets Candid About Private Relationship With Brenda Song," 11 Feb. 2020 The show is known for its clashes on-screen as well as off-screen, with insiders leaking salacious details of what goes on behind the scenes. John Gage, Washington Examiner, "Former host of The View describes show's 'brutal' hazing and college atmosphere," 8 Feb. 2020 Bolton’s ability to offer salacious details about Ukraine became even more clear last week. Deirdre Shesgreen, USA TODAY, "What we learned (and still don't know) after the Trump impeachment saga," 5 Feb. 2020

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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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The first known use of salacious was circa 1645

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26 May 2020

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“Salacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of salacious

formal + disapproving : relating to sex in a way that is excessive or offensive

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