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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 In this case, despite the salacious and frankly racist attempts to paint Ms. Jones as undeserving and at fault for the death of her unborn child, Washington used discretion to make a call that was about preserving humanity in a moment of tragedy. Jason Williams, Time, 21 May 2021 Grimes' character -- who is decked out in a pink dress, long white gloves and a gold crown -- denies the salacious claim in a Mario-like accent. Mitchell Peters, Billboard, 9 May 2021 Freddy Otash, the protagonist of this elaborate thriller, is a dirty cop turned private investigator enlisted by Confidential, a gossip rag, to investigate, and if necessary manufacture, salacious stories for its pages. Claire Messud, Harper's Magazine, 25 May 2021 The philanthropic nature of their relationship was invoked to deflect from other more salacious concerns. Melissa Gira Grant, The New Republic, 20 May 2021 Her lyrics have previously been plumbed for salacious details due to her high-profile relationships with Cara Delevingne and Kristen Stewart. Liam Hess, Vogue, 17 May 2021 Within the first 30 seconds of the series premiere, Veronica Mars name-drops class warfare, salacious spousal affairs, and gang violence, and the next 41 and a half minutes proceed to go even deeper, darker, and heavier than that. Ew Staff,, 10 May 2021 In this reinvention, each character’s own narration takes precedence over the more salacious details of their disorder, bringing us into their personal, sometimes painful, worlds. Alyse Burnside, The Atlantic, 19 Apr. 2021 The salacious gossip that haunts this mercurial designer reveals much about his appetites and little about what drove the man. Laird Borrelli-persson, Vogue, 10 May 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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The first known use of salacious was circa 1645

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12 Jun 2021

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“Salacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Jun. 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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