sa·​la·​cious | \ sə-ˈlā-shəs \

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

In time, with the proliferation of printing in the 1500s, the publication of salacious tales turned a ready profit. A. Roger Ekirch, WSJ, "‘The Phantom Atlas’ Review: Maps With Gaps," 5 Apr. 2018 And although during that trip, Trump only spent two nights at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow, the site of some salacious allegations against him, a lot happened. Alex Ward, Vox, "Trump Tower Moscow, and Michael Cohen’s lies about it, explained," 29 Nov. 2018 Still, Ansari and Mashburn do better with these characters than as Cohen and Zahn, whose marital difficulties seem to be included mostly for the salacious details. Kerry Reid,, "'Birds of a Feather' is based on true story of same-sex penguin couple Roy and Silo," 11 May 2018 Their stories were salacious, empowering, and captivating—a lurid peek into the darker side of the industry. Allison Mcgevna, Glamour, "A Year Later, Is the #MeToo Movement Stuck in Hollywood?," 5 Oct. 2018 Agalarov has made a video in which a Trump impersonator cavorts on a bed with ersatz Miss Universe floozies, a clear allusion to the most salacious allegations in the Steele dossier. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "The Week in Washington: “Fake, Fake Disgusting News”," 5 Aug. 2018 Some of the most salacious, tragic and infamous controversies of Bill Clinton’s presidency are being revisited, yet again, as the paper trail phase of Brett Kavanaugh’s nomination to the Supreme Court ramps up. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Clinton controversies return to spotlight in Kavanaugh confirmation," 19 July 2018 The question of whether Trump spent a night at the Ritz-Carlton in Moscow while in town for the 2013 Miss Universe pageant is central to the most salacious allegation in the Steele dossier. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump’s Fox & Friends Interview Is Already Creating Legal Problems," 26 Apr. 2018 Despite the media circus surrounding the salacious but questionable allegations in Wolff's book, most Trump supporters don't care. Anchorage Daily News, "Author Michael Wolff did Trump a big favor," 11 Jan. 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of salacious

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

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