[ 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.


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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. 2020

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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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