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

McCain got caught up briefly in the intrigue over a dossier of salacious but unverified research on Trump and his alleged Russian ties. Dan Nowicki, azcentral, "John McCain wins 6th Arizona Senate term, reclaims 'maverick' label," 2 Apr. 2018 But its full content - including salacious and unverified claims involving Trump’s past activities in Moscow - were not made public until January 2017, when BuzzFeed published it., "Trump attorney Michael Cohen withdraws libel lawsuits over Russia dossier," 19 Apr. 2018 The emails, some of them salacious and damaging to Clinton, were illegally released through WikiLeaks. Philip Rucker,, "After being told of Russia indictments, Trump still aspired to be friends with Putin," 13 July 2018 The 2016 RX-Vision concept—unveiled at the 2015 Tokyo Motor Show—gave credence to a salacious rumor: that a dedicated band of engineers with nothing to lose are still developing the next great rotary engine, somewhere in a Hiroshima skunkworks. Blake Z. Rong, Popular Mechanics, "​​The Evolution of the Combustion Engine​​," 5 June 2018 Here are three stories about high-school and college reunions that are a lot more salacious than white wine and small talk. The Cut, The Cut, "3 Juicy High-School and College Reunion Stories," 12 July 2018 In a London courtroom this week, lawyers for Christopher Steele, the former British spy and author of the Trump dossier, fought to protect his sources, which claimed the Kremlin had salacious and compromising information on Donald Trump. Pamela K. Browne, Fox News, "Christopher Steele, Trump dossier author and ex-spy, under fire," 17 May 2018 Why– if this was salacious and this particular part of the dossier– unverified– still unverified by the way? JAMES COMEY: Yes. Time Staff, Time, "Read the Full Transcript From James Comey's ABC Interview," 17 Apr. 2018 Like how Comey calls Trump a congenital liar, an unethical leader and a president who is obsessed with defending himself from the salacious and unverified prostitute allegations, reports The Post's Philip Rucker. Amber Phillips, Washington Post, "How James Comey transformed from Trump’s FBI director to Trump’s chief antagonist," 16 Apr. 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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exaggeratedly or childishly emotional

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