Synonyms Word Origin lustful or lecherous. (of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent. Origin of salacious 1635–45;
) lustful (derivative of
to jump, move spasmodically, spurt; see
-ous Related forms sa·la·cious·ly, adverb sa·la·cious·ness, sa·lac·i·ty , [s uh- las-i-tee] /səˈlæs ɪ ti/ noun un·sa·la·cious, adjective un·sa·la·cious·ly, adverb un·sa·la·cious·ness, noun
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British Dictionary definitions for salaciously having an excessive interest in sex (of books, magazines, etc) erotic, bawdy, or lewd Derived Forms salaciously, adverb salaciousness 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 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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