emollient

[ ih-mol-yuhnt ]

Part of Speech

noun,adjective

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

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

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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