salacious [s uh- ley-sh uh s] Synonyms Examples Word Origin See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com lustful or lecherous. (of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent. Origin of salacious 1635–45;
) lustful (derivative of
to jump, move spasmodically, spurt; see
-ous Related forms sa·la·cious·ly, adverb sa·la·cious·ness, sa·lac·i·ty , [s uh- las-i-tee] /səˈlæs ɪ ti/ noun un·sa·la·cious, adjective un·sa·la·cious·ly, adverb un·sa·la·cious·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for salacity Historical Examples While speaking, he busied himself in accordance with his salacity. Salacity once aroused, even in a minister, allows no room for reason or for conscience. British Dictionary definitions for salacity having an excessive interest in sex (of books, magazines, etc) erotic, bawdy, or lewd Derived Forms salaciously, adverb salaciousness or 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 salacity salacious adj.
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.
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