emollient emollient


  1. (adj) having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin
  2. (n) toiletry consisting of any of various substances in the form of a thick liquid that have a soothing and moisturizing effect when applied to the skin


  1. An emollient was provided by the late Sir Thomas Lipton.
  2. With his emollient personal skills, he was able to speak to and for the baby boomers, overcoming the resistance and resentment felt for the whole world of the '60s.



  1. Mr Clegg told BBC Radio 4's Today programme he stuck by the word: "You can of course use softer, more emollient language, but that won't make the problem go away. We need to make significant, big, serious cuts in public spending if we are not only...
    on Sep 21, 2009 By: Nick Clegg Source: BBC News

  2. Even alcohol, Lyall writes, functions for the British as "a relaxant, an emollient, a crutch, a relief, an excuse. If they go overboard it is the get-out-of-jail-free card that allows them to throw up their hands, palms out, and disavow...
    on Aug 29, 2008 By: Sarah Lyall Source: Los Angeles Times

  3. The liquor was "so unutterably vile," wrote David Embury in "The Fine Art of Mixing Drinks," that "the primary object in mixing a cocktail became the addition of a sufficient amount of sweetened, highly flavored, and otherwise emollient and...
    on Apr 13, 2007 By: David A. Embury Source: Wall Street Journal (subscription)

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