Definition of emollient in English:


Syllabification: e·mol·lient
Pronunciation: /iˈmälyənt


  • 1Having the quality of softening or soothing the skin: an emollient cream
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    • It is an incredibly emollient skin-shielding cream - perfect for preventing chapped skin.
    • The emollient creams make the top layers of skin seem moister for a short time, but the other ingredients are actually drying the skin so you have to use more of the lotion, etc.
    • Very occasionally, emollient creams may sting the skin when first applied to very dry skin.
    moisturizing, soothing, softening
  • 1.1Attempting to avoid confrontation or anger; soothing or calming: the president’s emollient approach to differences
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    • The bombings and attempted bombings in London have brought home to the American public that we face implacable enemies unwilling to be appeased by even the most emollient diplomacy.
    • By and large, this approach has proved useful and even emollient.
    • At the local carabinieri station, an officer was more emollient: ‘By the end of the month everything should be resolved.’


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  • A preparation that softens the skin: formulated with rich emollients
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    • A major disadvantage of alcohols is their drying effect, although some newer preparations contain emollients to minimize skin drying.
    • Commonly used in moisturizers, emollients lubricate the skin and give the cosmetic product a smooth, soft feeling.
    • You must have tried the standard treatment with emollients, which soften the skin and increase its water content.



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  • We can count on less patience, less emollience, less nervous anxiety to please everyone (at home, and abroad).
  • But even if the calculated emollience is a stratagem, it confirms one of the most improbable features of his character.
  • Listen to the careful emollience and the surprising promises he made.


mid 17th century: from Latin emollient- 'making soft', from the verb emollire, from e- (variant of ex-) 'out' + mollis 'soft'.

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