Adjective "salacious" definition and examples



Definitions and examples


Having or conveying undue or inappropriate interest in sexual matters.
  1. 'There is nothing like salacious gossip to keep the conversation going is there?'
  2. 'Defending their intrusion into private life, they argued that their literature was neither salacious nor exploitive.'
  3. 'Even if you knew some delicious, salacious gossip, some tantalising indiscretion, to let it slip would feel like treason.'
  4. '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’.'
  5. 'Despite the predictable salacious stories of Hollywood, the most explosive and emotionally affecting part of this book involves Eszterhas' father.'
  6. '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.'
  7. 'She desperately wanted to rest, avoid the salacious Tinseltown gossip, and take control of her life.'
  8. 'In a fit of fury, Pentheus attempts unsuccessfully to imprison Dionysus, who subsequently awakens Pentheus's salacious interest in the cavorting ladies.'
  9. '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.'
  10. 'Despite the publicity gained by the more salacious tribunal cases, Lea believes that sexual misconduct at work is actually decreasing.'


1. lustful or lecherous.

2. (of writings, pictures, etc.) obscene; grossly indecent.

More examples(as adjective)

"topics can be salacious."

"stories can be salacious."

"gossips can be salacious."

"details can be salacious."

"books can be salacious."

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