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
Related formssa·la·cious·ly, adverbsa·la·cious·ness, sa·lac·i·ty [suh-las-i-tee] /səˈlæs ɪ ti/, nounun·sa·la·cious, adjectiveun·sa·la·cious·ly, adverbun·sa·la·cious·ness, noun

Synonyms for salacious

Antonyms for salacious

1. modest. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for salacity

Historical Examples of salacity

  • While speaking, he busied himself in accordance with his salacity.

    Eastern Shame Girl

    Charles Georges Souli

  • Salacity once aroused, even in a minister, allows no room for reason or for conscience.

British Dictionary definitions for salacity



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 salacity



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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