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  • n. The state or quality of being emollient; soothingness; softness.
  • n. The act of soothing or appeasing; mollification.


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  • As opposition to her and her measures became more intense, she responded not with emollience but with increased ferocity.

    David Cameron's ambivalent relationship with the lady in blue

  • Even Germany has lately succumbed to the politics of emollience, compromise with policies predicated on the basis of being the least offensive to everyone, with an effectively oppositionless administration.

    American Democracy or European Oligarchy?

  • It is now time for Mr Blair to detach himself from American foreign policy, withdraw our troops immediately from Iraq, apologise to those newspapers which bravely opposed the war - and be prepared for months of weary diplomacy, emollience and fence-mending in the political arenas of Britain and the chancelleries of the world.

    Tomorrow's Guardian/Indie Editorial

  • The emollience of Kofi Annan seemed at first little more successful than the irritation of Boutros-Ghali in persuading any branch of the U.S. government that it was inappropriate to demand reform of the UN and certain specific policies and yet continually refuse to meet U.S. responsibilities.


  • I must not delay you, "he added;" there is much to see and to hear, and you will be welcomed everywhere: and indeed I am myself somewhat closely engaged, though in a subject which is not fraught with such polite emollience.

    The Child of the Dawn

  • And, for all the charm and emollience, he could produce sharp shards himself, such as the remark that listening to Margaret Atwood was like being driven back and forth through Winnipeg on a Sunday.

    The Economist: Correspondent's diary

  • This natural body lotion contains shea butter, vitamin e for skin rejuvenation, sweet almond oil for moisture balance, sunflower oil for its emollience, white tea extract to improve skin tissue and soothing chamomile.

    IndiaPRwire - Press/News Releases

  • Of equal solace for Terry is Capello's record of treating difficult characters in the England team with emollience. news, business, sport, the Daily Telegraph newspaper, Sunday Telegraph

  • The intrusion caused huge public embarrassment to PKR, intent as the party was on augmenting voter support for an agenda of political change based on policies promoting political and economic egalitarianism and social emollience.

    SARA - Southeast Asian RSS Aggregator

  • None of this has evoked even a grunt of emollience from the leaders of those countries. - Local


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  • softening or soothing of the skin; attempted avoidance of confrontation or anger; pacification.

    February 15, 2011