Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A religious tablet, usually carrying a representation of Christ or the Virgin Mary, which is kissed by the priest during the Mass ("kiss of peace"); it is then passed to others at the mass who also kiss it.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of or pertaining to kissing; kissing.
  • adj. Pertaining to, or having the properties of, an osculatrix; capable of osculation.
  • n. Same as pax, 2.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of or pertaining to kissing; kissing.
  • In geometry, osculating. See osculate, v. t., 2.
  • n. In the Roman Catholic Church, a small tablet in former times kissed by priest and congregation in the mass: same as pax.

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Examples

  • I felt an osculatory unhappiness circumnavigate my soul.

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  • It's like explaining that you're going to kiss someone because you want to "explore the dynamics of osculatory expression."

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  • When someone has had approximately a thousand years to practice kissing, he can become very good at it, and I would be lying if I said I was immune to such osculatory talent.

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  • On this the two ladies went through the osculatory ceremony which they were in the habit of performing, and Mrs. Pendennis got

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  • The idea of courtship, of osculatory processes, of marrying and giving in marriage, made this elderly virgin chafe and fume, she never having, at any period of her life, indulged in any such ideas or practices, and being angry against them, as childless wives will sometimes be angry and testy against matrons with their prattle about their nurseries.

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  • I suppose, during the utterance of the above three brief phrases, the harmless little osculatory operation has taken place, and blushing cousin Harry has touched the damask cheek of cousin Flora and cousin Dora.

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  • To ascribe osculatory attributes to a season characterized by rot and decay struck her as a textbook example of metaphoric excess.

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  • In a contemporary film-exhibition catalog, the movie is described as an “osculatory performance” and ranked as “the most popular subject ever shown.”

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  • If history is correct, for once, then the kiss began as an osculatory wiretap, an oral snoop, a kind of alcoholic chastity belt, after the fact.

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  • They suck their lips in with a sharp hissing breath; then push them out suddenly, ready for the osculatory seance, the lips moving as if they were pushed from the inside by a pole.

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