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Definition of "ointment" []

  • A highly viscous or semisolid substance used on the skin as a cosmetic, emollient, or medicament; a salve. (noun)
  • A fatty or oily medicated formulation applied to the skin to heal or protect (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • A similar substance used as a cosmetic (noun)

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Use "ointment" in a sentence
  • "The real fly in the ointment is that fact that you can be guaranteed to have a Lib Dem conference spoilt each year by some nutty motion which might attract the headlines, but puts the party in the dock with the public."
  • "Maybe if Mommy would rub the Desytin ointment in real good he would be able to answer questions."
  • "The only fly in the ointment is that despite their good college grades and creditable LSATs, a substantial fraction of the class comes to law school unable to write as well as they think or speak."