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salacious

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

lustful or lecherous.
(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

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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 forms of salacious

salaciously, adverbsalaciousness or salacity (səˈlæsɪtɪ), noun

Word Origin for salacious

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