Definition of emollient adjective from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//iˈmɒliənt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//iˈmɑːliənt//
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  1. 1making a person or situation calmer in the hope of keeping relations peaceful synonym soothing an emollient reply
  2. 2(specialist) used for making your skin soft or less painful synonym soothing an emollient cream
  3. Word Originmid 17th cent.: from Latin emollient- ‘making soft’, from the verb emollire, from e- (variant of ex- ‘out’) + mollis ‘soft’.
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