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

Johnny Depp and his team have been trying — and failing — to place a salacious story based on this irrelevant footage for weeks. Alexia Fernandez,, "Why Johnny Depp Wants James Franco to Testify in His Defamation Suit Against Amber Heard," 3 July 2019 The Washington Redskins pushed back against some of the more salacious claims, which included details from a 2013 trip to an adults-only resort in Costa Rica. A.j. Perez, USA TODAY, "Lawyer for NFL cheerleaders, league will discuss possible changes Wednesday," 7 May 2018 Netflix's newest salacious teen drama is Trinkets, a show about high schoolers. Martha Sorren,, "Is Trinkets' Luca, Um, Young Enough To Be Dating Teens?," 15 June 2019 While an all-news station will often flat-out reject the more salacious audio submissions, other outlets such as a Top 40 destination, a college outpost and an all-talk (all-rant) frequency don’t have such standards. Todd Martens,, "‘Alt-Frequencies,’ a radio drama for the social media era," 7 June 2019 Its ghostwriter was most likely the Reverend George Bourne, who ran a nativist newspaper and had previously written a similarly salacious anti-Catholic exposé. David S. Reynolds, The New York Review of Books, "The Popery Panic," 18 Apr. 2019 That was, after all, the whole point of the profile — not to promote salacious gossip but to take away some of that stigma. Kaylen Ralph, Teen Vogue, "Bear Creek High School Administrators Tried to Shut Down Student Newspaper's Article About a Classmate Who Does Porn," 3 May 2019 And why would American Media Inc.—which runs the tabloid as well as Globe, OK!, Radar Online and other outlets—pay her over $100,000 for such a salacious tale, only to bury it? Chris Morris, Fortune, "How Did American Media Inc. Prevent Karen McDougal From Telling Her Donald Trump Story?," 19 Apr. 2018 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

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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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