Definition of salacious in English:



  • 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’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The gossip is usually more salacious, the stories downright dirtier and they tend to spend more money on wine.’
    • ‘She desperately wanted to rest, avoid the salacious Tinseltown gossip, and take control of her life.’
    • ‘As an artist, he has knowingly signed forged drawings and disavows responsibility for his sometimes salacious subject matter.’
    • ‘True, tabloid journalism is something invariably dirty and salacious that refuses to ever consider whether what it is doing is right.’
    • ‘During his first season with the Cowboys, Curry cooperated with reporters seeking to tell his salacious story and didn't hide from scrutiny.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘America's Underage Drinking Epidemic promised a salacious exposé of youth gone very, very bad.’
    • ‘Despite the publicity gained by the more salacious tribunal cases, Lea believes that sexual misconduct at work is actually decreasing.’
    • ‘Even if you knew some delicious, salacious gossip, some tantalising indiscretion, to let it slip would feel like treason.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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’.’
    • ‘Kerekes defended himself against accusations that he was representing violent, sexual murder in a salacious, titillating and insensitive manner.’
    • ‘Domestic violence attracts a certain salacious interest - and let's face it, it's easy telly.’
    • ‘There is nothing like salacious gossip to keep the conversation going is there?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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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    1. 1.1 Lustful; lecherous.
      ‘his salacious grin faltered’
      • ‘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.