salacious

[ suh-ley-shuhs ]
/ səˈleɪ ʃəs /
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adjective

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

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 salaciously

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 salaciously

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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