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emollient

adjective emol·lient \ i-ˈmäl-yənt \

Definition of emollient

1 :making soft or supple; also :soothing especially to the skin or mucous membrane
  • an emollient hand lotion
2 :making less intense or harsh :mollifying
  • soothe us in our agonies with emollient words
  • —H. L. Mencken

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Origin and Etymology of emollient

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


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emollient

noun

Definition of emollient

:something that softens or soothes

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First Known Use of emollient

1656


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emollient

adjective emol·lient \ i-ˈmäl-yənt \

medical Definition of emollient

:making soft or supple; also :soothing especially to the skin or mucous membrane

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emollient

noun

medical Definition of emollient

:an emollient agent
  • an emollient for the hands

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