Definition of salacious in English:


Syllabification: sa·la·cious
Pronunciation: /səˈlāSHəs


1(Of writing, pictures, or talk) treating sexual matters in an indecent way and typically conveying undue interest in or enjoyment of the subject: salacious stories
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  • The gossip is usually more salacious, the stories downright dirtier and they tend to spend more money on wine.
  • Kerekes defended himself against accusations that he was representing violent, sexual murder in a salacious, titillating and insensitive manner.
  • In a fit of fury, Pentheus attempts unsuccessfully to imprison Dionysus, who subsequently awakens Pentheus's salacious interest in the cavorting ladies.
pornographic, obscene, indecent, crude, lewd, vulgar, dirty, filthy; erotic, titillating, arousing, suggestive, sexy, risqué, ribald, smutty, bawdy; X-rated
informal porn, porno, blue, XXX
euphemistic adult
1.1Lustful; lecherous: his salacious grin faltered
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  • Martina smiles and, ignoring his salacious grin, gestures towards the large fireplace in the parlor visible to their left.
  • No, it was the reek of alcohol that was coming from his direction and the salacious grin that spread across his face when he saw her coming.


mid 17th century: from Latin salax, salac- (from salire 'to leap') + -ious.



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  • He does not treat the matter salaciously: how Kennedy dealt with his poor health becomes evidence of his ‘strength of character’ - though even more striking is the deception practised by him and his entourage.
  • Boyle is a superb writer, but what really makes this wise and smartly researched novel so entertaining is the salaciously wacky subject matter.
  • When the villainous Dr. Brinkman first encounters Ronica in her silver catsuit with cleavage on loan from Elvira, he comments salaciously, ‘No place to hide a gun in there.’


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  • The catalogue entry notes that the painting manages to avoid ‘indulging in the facile salaciousness of a Gerome.’
  • Oddly enough, although there's no nudity, the scenes between Magimel and Doutey are some of the most erotic and highly charged in recent memory - apparently a little salaciousness goes a long way.
  • The salaciousness of a rumor often helps it survive.


Pronunciation: /-ˈlasitē/
( dated )
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  • My Encyclopaedia of Witchcraft and Demonology supplies vast detail of Satanic rites, with illustrations of lipsmacking salacity; sex and Satan clearly go together.
  • The peacocks symbolized vanity, ibises - the past joy, different animals in the cavalcade are the symbols of salacity and other carnal sins.

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