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1. Appealing to or stimulating sexual desire: salacious reading material.
2. Characterized by or indicating sexual desire; lustful: a salacious wink.

[From Latin salāx, salāc-, fond of leaping, lustful, from salīre, to leap; see sel- in Indo-European roots.]

sa·la′cious·ly adv.
sa·la′cious·ness, sa·lac′i·ty (sə-lăs′ĭ-tē) n.
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1. lewdness of speech.
2. lustful or lecherous behavior. — salacious, adj.
See also: Sex
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.salacity - the trait of behaving in an obscene mannersalacity - the trait of behaving in an obscene manner
indecency - the quality of being indecent
smuttiness, dirtiness - obscenity in speech or writing
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