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emollient

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adjective emol·lient \i-ˈmäl-yənt\

Definition of emollient

  1. 1 :  making soft or supple; also :  soothing especially to the skin or mucous membrane <an emollient hand lotion>

  2. 2 :  making less intense or harsh :  mollifying <soothe us in our agonies with emollient words — H. L. Mencken>



Origin of emollient

Latin emollient-, emolliens, present participle of emollire to soften, from e- + mollis soft — more at mollify


First Known Use: 1626


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emollient

noun emol·lient

Definition of emollient

  1. :  something that softens or soothes



1656

First Known Use of emollient

1656


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