sa·​la·​cious | \ sə-ˈlā-shəs How to pronounce salacious (audio) \

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

Just a day after the bombshell news that the richest man in the world might be splitting his fortune, the National Enquirer published a salacious expose of Jeff's relationship with Lauren Sanchez, a friend of the couple's. Liz Cantrell, Town & Country, "Jeff Bezos and MacKenzie Bezos Have Finalized Their Divorce," 4 Apr. 2019 And though all of this feels like salacious, reality-TV style drama, these reactions do point to an attitude that does a disservice to men as well as women. Jennifer Wright, Harper's BAZAAR, "Stop Blaming Women When Men Cheat," 11 Mar. 2019 So ignore the raunchy nurses and naughty nuns, the salacious Cinderellas, and voluptuous vampires. Lynn Yaeger, Vogue, "Why Are History’s Fiercest Female Icons Still Embarrassingly Absent at the Halloween Store?," 26 Oct. 2018 Steele was ultimately paid $168,000 by Fusion GPS for the unverified and sometimes salacious dossier. John Fund, National Review, "The Sudden Hazing of Lindsey Graham," 7 Jan. 2018 Justice Department official Bruce Ohr testified to lawmakers on the House Oversight and Judiciary committees Tuesday about his relationship with former British spy Christopher Steele and his ties to the salacious anti-Trump dossier. Adam Shaw, Fox News, "DOJ official Bruce Ohr grilled over Trump dossier, Steele ties," 2 Oct. 2018 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

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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

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

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