Where does the word “salacious” come from?

1660s, from Latin salax (genitive salacis) “lustful,” probably originally “fond of leaping,” as in a male animal leaping on a female in sexual advances, from salire “to leap” (see salient (adj.)). Earliest form of the word in English is salacity (c. 1600).

Related: salaciouslysalaciousness.

Source: online etymological dictionary


One response to “Where does the word “salacious” come from?

  1. David Schatzky

    At the risk of being loquacious, methinks it’s slightly fallacious
    To compare moves flirtatious with motives rapacious
    But in this era, salacious is vexatious.