emollient
[ ih-mol-yuhnt ]
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Part of Speech noun, adjective
Origin + Etymology
from Latin emollient- ‘making soft’, from the verb emollire, from e- (variant of ex- ‘out’) + mollis ‘soft’
Synonyms
noun
  • moisturizer
  • cream
  • oil
  • ointment
  • rub
  • lotion
  • salve
adjective
  • relieving
  • healing
  • moisturizing
  • palliative
  • balsamic
  • soothing
  • softening
Antonyms
adjective
  • abrasive
  • caustic
  • coarse
  • hard
  • harsh
  • rough
  • scathing
  • stern
  • ungentle
Definition
noun
an emollient medicine, lotion, salve, etc.
adjective
having the power of softening or relaxing, as a medicinal substance; soothing, especially to the skin
Examples
noun
Rose petals add a lovely fragrance and act as an emollient.
adjective
The saleswoman gave an excellent pitch for her emollient lotions.
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