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[loo-bris-i-tee] /luˈbrɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural lubricities.
oily smoothness, as of a surface; slipperiness.
ability to lubricate; capacity for lubrication:
the wonderful lubricity of this new oil.
instability; shiftiness; fleeting nature:
the lubricity of fame and fortune.
lewdness; lustfulness: lasciviousness; salaciousness.
something that arouses lasciviousness, especially pornography.
Origin of lubricity
1485-95; earlier lubrycyte lewdness < Medieval Latin lubricitās lechery, Late Latin: slipperiness. See lubric, -ity Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for lubricity
Historical Examples
  • A young constitution still resisted the inroads of lubricity.

    The Magic Skin Honore de Balzac
  • The works of our standard authors in literature abound in lubricity.

    Plain Facts for Old and Young John Harvey Kellogg
  • Dawn was a Mordvinian girl; in Australia she was a lubra addicted to lubricity.

    Modern Mythology Andrew Lang
  • A fish adorns his flag, and he rides a parrot or sparrow, emblematic of lubricity.

  • He is teres et rotundas; strokes fly from the lubricity of his polish, and the shiftings of his circular formation.

    Tomlinsoniana Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  • To be sure he had for a time captured the ear of a few of our officers who were misled by his lubricity and perpetual smiles.

    The Secrets of a Kuttite Edward O. Mousley
  • A little more of this lubricity and there will have to be a new and resolute sifting at the fords.

    Judges and Ruth Robert A. Watson
  • Nor can I see the object of modernising the "Stomach Dance," save to impart an extra dose of lubricity into the subject.

    Oscar Wilde Leonard Cresswell Ingleby
  • I was better after my tendency to lubricity, my gloom, rage, restlessness and degradation.

  • Indeed, were not the tang of lubricity in this Letter too strong, we would have given in full the confession it contains.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
British Dictionary definitions for lubricity


(formal or literary) lewdness or salaciousness
(rare) smoothness or slipperiness
capacity to lubricate
Word Origin
C15 (lewdness), C17 (slipperiness): from Old French lubricité, from Medieval Latin lubricitās, from Latin, from lūbricus slippery
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Word Origin and History for lubricity

late 15c., "lasciviousness," from Middle French lubricité or directly from Latin lubricitatem (nominative lubricitas), from lubricus "slippery" (see lubricant (adj.)). Sense of "oiliness, smoothness" is from 1540s; figurative sense of "shiftiness" is from 1610s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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