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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 Each episode is composed of a single, anonymous, one-off couples-counseling-session mediated by Perel and brought to life through everyday domestic dramas: sexless marriages, salacious affairs, competing fantasies of reconciliation. Maya Binyam, Vulture, "Esther Perel Goes Off Script," 13 Apr. 2021 The media have a social responsibility to avoid salacious details and story lines, even if those attract more attention, said J. Gayle Beck, a professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis. Washington Post, "Sexual assault survivors deserve support, not judgment: How individuals and society can help.," 13 Apr. 2021 On a streaming service, these titles can function as a sort of video clickbait, luring in viewers with a vaguely familiar, often salacious story. Judy Berman, Time, "How Docu-Mania Took Streaming by Storm, From Tiger King to WeWork," 1 Apr. 2021 In the hands of Chris Smith and Jon Karmen, the filmmakers behind Fyre, Operation Varsity Blues revels in the salacious details of privileged behavior. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "Netflix's Operation Varsity Blues Documentary Will Appall You All Over Again," 19 Mar. 2021 And although Wellsbury seems to promise a picture-perfect idyllic life, there's plenty of salacious drama to be had. Jean Bentley,, "R29 Recaps: Every Episode From Ginny & Georgia Season 1," 3 Mar. 2021 Some portions of the commentary express a degree of truth, but most fashionistas might have an entirely different take on some of the more salacious accusations. Rick Helfenbein, Forbes, "Does America Need A Fashion Czar?," 2 Mar. 2021 Hustler’s June 1978 cover caught the enigmas of a magazine that was at once salacious, satirical, perverse, decadent, gleefully immoral and hypocritical. New York Times, "Larry Flynt, Who Built a Porn Empire With Hustler, Dies at 78," 10 Feb. 2021 The salacious aspects of the scandal still earn a passing grade, but due to the unwieldy hybrid format, just barely. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'Operation Varsity Blues' offers a flawed take on the college admissions scandal," 16 Mar. 2021

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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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7 May 2021

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“Salacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 May. 2021.

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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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