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[suh-ley-shuh s] /səˈleɪ ʃəs/
lustful or lecherous.
(of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.
Origin of salacious
1635-45; < Latin salāci- (stem of salāx) lustful (derivative of salīre to jump, move spasmodically, spurt; see salient, saltation) + -ous
Related forms
salaciously, adverb
salaciousness, salacity
[suh-las-i-tee] /səˈlæs ɪ ti/ (Show IPA),
unsalacious, adjective
unsalaciously, adverb
unsalaciousness, noun
1. lewd, wanton, lascivious, libidinous. 2. pornographic.
1. modest. Unabridged
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  • The chief resurrectionist was one Abraham Hay-ward, known as a teller of salacious stories at the Athenaeum.

  • Similarly, the word "salacious," or lustful, had this origin.

    The Covenant of Salt Henry Clay Trumbull
  • Mr. Hewitt, of Birmingham, tells me that the common hen prefers a salacious cock, but is quite indifferent to colour.

  • "It takes a nasty, salacious mind to make that kind of separation," I said.

    Do Unto Others Mark Clifton
  • Fromentin was singing,—a ribald marching song, an unprintable thing, salacious and vilifying the Boches.

    The Wasted Generation Owen Johnson
British Dictionary definitions for salacious


having an excessive interest in sex
(of books, magazines, etc) erotic, bawdy, or lewd
Derived Forms
salaciously, adverb
salaciousness, salacity (səˈlæsɪtɪ) noun
Word Origin
C17: from Latin salax fond of leaping, from salīre to leap
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Word Origin and History for salacious

1660s, from Latin salax (genitive salacis) "lustful," probably originally "fond of leaping," as in a male animal leaping on a female in sexual advances, from salire "to leap" (see salient (adj.)). Earliest form of the word in English is salacity (c.1600). Related: Salaciously; salaciousness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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