emollient

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From French émollient, from Latin emolliēns, present active participle of ēmolliō (make soft), from e- + molliō, from mollis (soft).

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Noun[edit]

emollient (plural emollients)

  1. Something which softens or lubricates the skin.
    • 2008, Carol A. Miller, Nursing for Wellness in Older Adults (Fifth edition), Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, p. 505,
      [T]he effectiveness of an emollient is based on its ability to prevent water evaporation, []
  2. Anything soothing the mind, or that makes something more acceptable.
    • 2004, David Mitchell, Cloud Atlas,
      Attentive conversation is an emollient I lack sorely aboard Prophetess & the doctor is a veritable polymath.

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Adjective[edit]

emollient (comparative more emollient, superlative most emollient)

  1. Moisturizing.
  2. Soothing or mollifying.

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Latin[edit]

Verb[edit]

ēmollient

  1. third-person plural future active indicative of ēmolliō