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lubricity

[loo-bris-i-tee] /luˈbrɪs ɪ ti/
noun, plural lubricities.
1.
oily smoothness, as of a surface; slipperiness.
2.
ability to lubricate; capacity for lubrication:
the wonderful lubricity of this new oil.
3.
instability; shiftiness; fleeting nature:
the lubricity of fame and fortune.
4.
lewdness; lustfulness: lasciviousness; salaciousness.
5.
something that arouses lasciviousness, especially pornography.
Origin of lubricity
1485-1495
1485-95; earlier lubrycyte lewdness < Medieval Latin lubricitās lechery, Late Latin: slipperiness. See lubric, -ity
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British Dictionary definitions for lubricity

lubricity

/luːˈbrɪsɪtɪ/
noun
1.
(formal or literary) lewdness or salaciousness
2.
(rare) smoothness or slipperiness
3.
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
n.

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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