from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The quality or condition of being lubricious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Slipperiness, oiliness.
  • n. Evasiveness, shiftiness.
  • n. Lasciviousness; propensity to lewdness; lechery, wantonness.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Smoothness; freedom from friction; also, property which diminishes friction.
  • n. Slipperiness; instability.
  • n. Lasciviousness; propensity to lewdness; lewdness; lechery; incontinency.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The state or quality of being lubric or slippery; slipperiness of surface, literal or figurative; hence, instability; transitoriness; evanescence; evasiveness.
  • n. Capacity for lubrication.
  • n. Lasciviousness; lewdness; salacity.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. feeling morbid sexual desire or a propensity to lewdness


Late Latin lūbricitās, slipperiness, from Latin lūbricus, slippery; see sleubh- in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French lubricité or its source, Latin lūbricitās. (Wiktionary)


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    October 9, 2008

  • "'Jack, first may I beg you not to gaze upon the young woman with such evident lubricity; it is not only uncivil but puts you at a moral disadvantage...'

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