Definition of salacious in English:

salacious

adjective

  • Having or conveying undue or inappropriate interest in sexual matters.

    ‘salacious stories’
    • ‘Kerekes defended himself against accusations that he was representing violent, sexual murder in a salacious, titillating and insensitive manner.’
    • ‘The gossip is usually more salacious, the stories downright dirtier and they tend to spend more money on wine.’
    • ‘As an artist, he has knowingly signed forged drawings and disavows responsibility for his sometimes salacious subject matter.’
    • ‘There is nothing like salacious gossip to keep the conversation going is there?’
    • ‘She desperately wanted to rest, avoid the salacious Tinseltown gossip, and take control of her life.’
    • ‘Even if you knew some delicious, salacious gossip, some tantalising indiscretion, to let it slip would feel like treason.’
    • ‘Defending their intrusion into private life, they argued that their literature was neither salacious nor exploitive.’
    • ‘Despite the predictable salacious stories of Hollywood, the most explosive and emotionally affecting part of this book involves Eszterhas' father.’
    • ‘Jackson's lawyers and prosecutors endorsed Melville's secrecy rulings, using their few public filings to lambast the media as purveyors of salacious stories aimed at a voyeuristic audience.’
    • ‘America's Underage Drinking Epidemic promised a salacious exposé of youth gone very, very bad.’
    • ‘Of course, on the downside, his trial will be a media circus and the seriousness of the allegations will undoubtedly take second billing to salacious celebrity gossip.’
    • ‘During his first season with the Cowboys, Curry cooperated with reporters seeking to tell his salacious story and didn't hide from scrutiny.’
    • ‘In a fit of fury, Pentheus attempts unsuccessfully to imprison Dionysus, who subsequently awakens Pentheus's salacious interest in the cavorting ladies.’
    • ‘If tabloids want to divulge salacious and prurient accounts of intimate sexual behaviour in future, against the wishes of one of the participants, they may find European Union law barring their path with a sword of flame.’
    • ‘Domestic violence attracts a certain salacious interest - and let's face it, it's easy telly.’
    • ‘The fact that minors crave risqué films or salacious rap lyrics does not suggest a conspiracy by the entertainment industry to corrupt the youth of the nation.’
    • ‘True, tabloid journalism is something invariably dirty and salacious that refuses to ever consider whether what it is doing is right.’
    • ‘Despite the publicity gained by the more salacious tribunal cases, Lea believes that sexual misconduct at work is actually decreasing.’
    • ‘The American people were inundated on a daily basis with new and ever more salacious bits of gossip about the occupant of the Oval Office.’
    • ‘Particularity objectionable to Judge Hand was the fact that the ‘details of the sex relations are set forth to attract readers to the story because of their salacious character’.’
    pornographic, obscene, indecent, improper, indelicate, crude, lewd, erotic, titillating, arousing, suggestive, sexy, risqué, coarse, vulgar, gross, dirty, ribald, smutty, filthy, bawdy, earthy
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Origin

Mid 17th century: from Latin salax, salac- (from salire ‘to leap’) + -ious.

Pronunciation

salacious

/səˈlāSHəs//səˈleɪʃəs/