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  1. lustful or lecherous.
  2. (of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.
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Origin of salacious

1635–45; < Latin salāci- (stem of salāx) lustful (derivative of salīre to jump, move spasmodically, spurt; see salient, saltation) + -ous
Related formssa·la·cious·ly, adverbsa·la·cious·ness, sa·lac·i·ty [suh-las-i-tee] /səˈlæs ɪ ti/, nounun·sa·la·cious, adjectiveun·sa·la·cious·ly, adverbun·sa·la·cious·ness, noun


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1. modest.
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  1. having an excessive interest in sex
  2. (of books, magazines, etc) erotic, bawdy, or lewd
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Derived Formssalaciously, adverbsalaciousness 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 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.

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