Wednesday, November 26, 2008

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Word of the Day for Wednesday, November 26, 2008

emollient \ih-MOL-yuhnt\, adjective:

1. softening or soothing
2. something that softens or soothes

But his more emollient approach, winning hearts and minds through old-fashioned forms of persuasion, will also be crucial to building a coalition willing to act against Saddam's most dangerous weapons.
-- J.F.O. McAllister, In The Line Of Fire, Time, March 24, 1998
He unties the red rag, sweat-blackened, from around his neck and, dressed only in his wide-brimmed hat, steps into the tub, his feet, so recently liberated, reveling in the emollient power of the steaming water, seasoned with bath salts whose aroma bespeaks a distant land, one where flowers grow, or grew.
-- Robert Coover, Ghost Town
During this anxious time, the little girl 'acted as a useful emollient to jaded nerves,' a kind of harp-playing David to the troubled Monarch's Saul.
-- Ben Pimlott, The Queen: A Biography of Elizabeth II

by 1643, from French emollient, from Latin emollientem, prp. of emollire "soften," from ex- "out" + mollire "soften," from mollis "soft."

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