- lustful or lecherous.
- (of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.
Origin of salacious
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Examples from the Web for salacious
The dirty details can be multiplied almost indefinitely, and Lee lingers over every salacious story.Great Renaissance Art Thrived Amid Filth
December 3, 2014
I mean, calling it that is probably why people are expecting it to be salacious and along the lines of what the book was.'Saved by the Bell' Star Dustin Diamond Doesn't Want to Be a Jerk Anymore
August 11, 2014
But can this portrait of a city be raw and honest, as well as salacious and sexy?Redford Takes on Rahm in the Furious Blur of ‘Chicagoland’
March 6, 2014
The allegations are broad, salacious, and, at times, just plain gross.Sex, Threats and Taxpayer Cash: A GOP Pol’s Multilayered Scandal
February 12, 2014
Are we in for another overhyped, overdramatized extravaganza that does little more than feed our appetite for salacious fare?Will the Oscar Pistorius Murder Case Be the Next O.J. Simpson Trial?
February 23, 2013
Similarly, the word "salacious," or lustful, had this origin.The Covenant of Salt
Henry Clay Trumbull
"It takes a nasty, salacious mind to make that kind of separation," I said.Do Unto Others
He had looked at life with the salacious eyes of a Peeping Tom.The Sins of the Children
"The citizen of Chartres is money-getting, apathetic, and salacious," replied the Abbé Plomb.The Cathedral
Is there one who prefers my writings to those of the salacious warbler, the wanton lacivious little Moore?
- having an excessive interest in sex
- (of books, magazines, etc) erotic, bawdy, or lewd
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.