Word of The Day for Tuesday, June 14, 2011


lu•bri•cious (loo-BRISH-uhs)  adj

1. arousing or expressive of sexual desire; lustful; lecherous
2. having a slippery or smooth quality
3. shifty or tricky
lubriciousness, lubricity noun;  lubriciously adverb

lu•bri•cous (LOO-bri-kuhs) adj
1. (of a surface, coating, etc.) having an oily smoothness; slippery
2. unstable; shifty; fleeting

1580s, from L. lubricus "to make slippery or smooth," from lubricus "slippery"

Synonyms: concupiscent, lascivious, carnal, immoral, indecent, lecherous, lewd, libertine, libidinous, licentious,  lustful, obscene, prurient, salacious, sensual, wanton; slick, greasy, oily, oleaginous, sleek, slippery; crafty, crooked, cunning, deceptive, devious, dishonest, disingenuous, fraudulent, guileful, shady, shifty, sneaky, stealthy, surreptitious, treacherous, tricky, underhanded, unscrupulous, wily
Related Words: lubricant

Sentence Examples:
• The great number of severe accidents annually caused by the idiotic custom of casting orange-peel and such other lubricious integuments recklessly about the side-walks, has long furnished a topic for public animadversion. Some of our leading citizens have taken the matter in hand--or, to speak more correctly, on foot. - Punchinello, 1870

• Schiller is always in pursuit of the intense, the extraordinary, the ecstatic, and sometimes fails to impress through sheer superabundance of the impressive. His imagination wanders between a wild sensuality,--so lubricious in its suggestions, now and then, as to occasion gossip to the effect that he had become a libertine,--and a sublimated philosophy based on Platonic conceptions of a prenatal existence, or upon Leibnitzian conceptions of a pre-established harmony. - The Life and Works of Friedrich Schiller, Calvin Thomas

• It is on the side of sex that the appointed virtuosi of virtue exercise their chief repressions, for it is sex that especially fascinates the lubricious Puritan mind; but the conventual reticence that thus becomes the enforced fashion in one field extends itself to all others. - A Book of Prefaces, by H. L. Mencken

Why This Word:
Lubricious and lubricous are synonyms excepting lubricous lacks the sense of being wanton or lascivious.

Sources: Free Dictionary, Dictionary.com, Online Etymology

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