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Learned borrowing from Latin lūbricus (slippery). Doublet of lubricous.


  • (General American) IPA(key): /luˈbɹɪʃəs/
  • (file)


lubricious (comparative more lubricious, superlative most lubricious)

  1. Smooth and glassy; slippery.
  2. (figurative) Lewd, wanton, salacious or lecherous.
    • 1901, Calvin Thomas, The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller[1]:
      His imagination wanders between a wild sensuality,—so lubricious in its suggestions, now and then, as to occasion gossip to the effect that he had become a libertine,—and a sublimated philosophy based on Platonic conceptions of a prenatal existence, or upon Leibnitzian conceptions of a pre-established harmony.
    • 1986, John le Carré, A Perfect Spy:
      Lubricious bank managers and building society chairmen who have never danced before throw off their jackets, confess to barren lives and worship Rick the giver of their sun and rain.

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