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lubricous

[loo-bri-kuh s] /ˈlu brɪ kəs/
adjective
1.
(of a surface, coating, etc.) having an oily smoothness; slippery.
2.
unstable; shifty; fleeting.
Origin of lubricous
1525-1535
1525-35; < Latin lūbricus slippery, Late Latin: unstable
Can be confused
lubricious, lubricous.
Synonyms
2. unsteady, wavering, undependable.
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  • This last she did, with some lubricous staple of her own discovery, applying it with the ball of her thumb.

    Cradock Nowell, Vol. 1 (of 3) Richard Doddridge Blackmore
Word Origin and History for lubricous
adj.

1530s, "lascivious," from Latin lubricus "slippery, smooth," from lubricus "slippery" (see lubricant (adj.)). Literal meaning "slippery, oily" is from 1650s in English; figurative sense of "shifty, elusive" is from 1640s. Also lubricious (1580s).

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