American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Softening and soothing, especially to the skin.
- adj. Making less harsh or abrasive; mollifying: the emollient approach of a diplomatic mediator.
- n. An agent that softens or soothes the skin.
- n. An agent that assuages or mollifies.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Softening; making soft or supple; serving to relax the solids of anything.
- n. A therapeutic agent or process which softens and relaxes living tissues, as a poultice or massage. The word was formerly applied to the so-called demulcents.
- n. Something which softens or lubricates the skin.
- n. Anything soothing the mind, or that makes something more acceptable.
- adj. Moisturizing.
- adj. Soothing or mollifying.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Softening; making supple; acting as an emollient.
- n. (Med.) An external something or soothing application to allay irritation, soreness, etc.
- From Latin emolliēns, present active participle of ēmolliō ("make soft"), from e- + molliō, from mollis ("soft"). (Wiktionary)
- Latin ēmolliēns, ēmollient-, present participle of ēmollīre, to soften : ē-, ex-, intensive pref.; see ex- + mollīre, to soften (from mollis, soft; see mel-1 in Indo-European roots). (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“From what I’ve been able to glean online, it’s a hormonal thing, and no amount of soaking in emollient baths seems to make a blind bit of difference.”
“Peter Riddell, author of "The Unfulfilled Prime Minister: Tony Blair and the End of Optimism," says that if Brown, once he's become prime minister, cannot be "emollient" to hard-core Blairites, the "fault lines" will widen, possibly splitting the party in two.”
“You clearly have no idea at all about what I actually said but I wouldn't want you to let the facts get in the way of a good rant," replied the ever emollient Davies.”
“Senior officials and diplomats in Brussels confirmed that the IMF threat to pull the plug on its funding, in stark contrast to the more emollient line of Strauss-Kahn, had been defused because of a German climbdown.”
“Ever emollient, she adds: "If we succeed it should mean that the rest of the system should be doing more and better.”
“A more emollient figure than Eric Pickles – who could start a fight in an empty room – might reduce the levels of animosity between the government and local councils.”
“I hated to see it, and from a fact-checking point of view there were real questions about whether she uses Botox, or another emollient derived from Clostridium botulinum.”
“This new line of lip gloss is high-shine, emollient-rich, and comes in 35 friggin' shades.”
“David Bernstein's imminent appointment as the new Football Association chairman is down in part to his emollient nature – but Newcastle's owner Mike Ashley might disagree”
“Michael Tomasky: Going beyond Obama's usual 'post-partisan' politics, this speech was almost weirdly emollient.”
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