V2 Vocabulary Building Dictionary


adjective, noun

Definition: (adj.) 1. soothing, softening; 2. pacifying or mollifying (n.) a substance for the skin that is used for softness or suppleness

Synonyms: (adj.) soothing, softening, (n.) lotion, ointment, cream, moisturizer, balm

Antonyms: desiccant

Tips: Emollient is derived from the Latin emollire, “to soften,” from mollis “soft.” Think of anything that softens the skin or softens (calms) your emotions. When emollient takes on its second meaning of calming or pacifying, it is usually considered to be quite formal.

Usage Examples:

As we age, using an emollient lotion can help keep our skin soft. (moisturizing) adjective

Her gentle presence was an emollient to us all. (pacifier) noun

After a long day of work my dog has an emollient quality that helps calm me and put me at ease. (soothing, pacifying) adjective

This thick, emollient cream soothed my chapped hands. (softening, soothing) adjective

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