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

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
Recent Examples on the Web But the podcast also uncovered new, salacious details about Francis’ personal life and provided deeper insight into the scandal and its eventual uncovering. San Diego Union-Tribune, 24 June 2022 Brodesser-Akner writes salacious details with smart wit, turning an already engaging plot into a hard-to-put-down read. The Editors, Outside Online, 9 June 2022 An indigenous woman herself, Walker treats these stories not as salacious true-crime fodder, instead highlighting the very real issues that women like her face in these communities. Brenna Ehrlich, Rolling Stone, 3 July 2022 Their role models are thinkers like Dickens, Steinbeck, and Austen––hardly salacious by 21st-century standards, but containing far more conflict than your average Amish romance novel or inspirational Christian text. Kelsey Osgood, The Atlantic, 28 June 2022 Hunter is going to be a conversation piece for those of us who like salacious gossip. ABC News, 3 Apr. 2022 In an ending completely at odds with their volcanic career, the Geto Boys simply petered out, replaced by rappers making music even more salacious and outrageous than theirs. Jonathan Rowe, SPIN, 28 June 2022 Lifetime is bringing to life the sad and salacious tale of Melanie McGuire (played by Candice King) who was a fertility nurse married to her ex-Navy husband, Bill (played by Michael Roark), and also the mother to two young boys. oregonlive, 18 June 2022 People think that a strip club is going to be a place that is so salacious. Veronica Wells, Essence, 7 June 2022 See More

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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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“Salacious.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Aug. 2022.

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