[ loo-bris-i-tee ]
/ luˈbrɪs ɪ ti /

noun, plural lu·bric·i·ties.

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 Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for lubricity


/ (luːˈbrɪsɪtɪ) /


formal, or literary lewdness or salaciousness
rare smoothness or slipperiness
capacity to lubricate

Word Origin for lubricity

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.

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