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  • 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
  • s  having a softening or soothing effect especially to the skin

  • That a political tough guy who lost the contest for the Conservative leadership to the more emollient David Cameron should feel inspired to lecture his opponents on human rights .
  • BBC broadcaster John Humphrys, who vies with Paxman for the distinction of being Britain's least emollient interviewer, recently advocated that BBC3 and its posher, arts-oriented .
  • And for someone who sets so much on his emollient charm, Sarkozy still has a grating relationship with German Chancellor Angela Merkel, whose support is crucial if any of the .

  • Nick Clegg in BBC News
    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...
  • Sarah Lyall in Los Angeles Times
    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...
  • David A. Embury in Wall Street Journal (subscription)
    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...

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