- 1Having the quality of softening or soothing the skin: an emollient creamMore example sentences
moisturizing, soothing, softening
- 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.
- 1.1Attempting to avoid confrontation or anger; soothing or calming: the president’s emollient approach to differencesMore example sentences
- 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 emollientsMore example sentences
- 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'.