salacious

[ suh-ley-shuhs ]
/ səˈleɪ ʃəs /

adjective

lustful or lecherous.
(of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.

Nearby words

  1. sal volatile,
  2. sala,
  3. salaam,
  4. salaam convulsion,
  5. salable,
  6. salaciously,
  7. salacity,
  8. salad,
  9. salad bar,
  10. salad basket

Origin of salacious

1635–45; < Latin salāci- (stem of salāx) lustful (derivative of salīre to jump, move spasmodically, spurt; see salient, saltation) + -ous

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British Dictionary definitions for salacious

salacious

/ (səˈleɪʃəs) /

adjective

having an excessive interest in sex
(of books, magazines, etc) erotic, bawdy, or lewd
Derived Formssalaciously, adverbsalaciousness or salacity (səˈlæsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for salacious

C17: from Latin salax fond of leaping, from salīre to leap

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Word Origin and History for salacious

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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