- lustful or lecherous.
- (of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.
Origin of salacious
Synonyms for salacious
Antonyms for salacious
- having an excessive interest in sex
- (of books, magazines, etc) erotic, bawdy, or lewd
Word Origin 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.