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adj. smarm·i·er, smarm·i·est
1. Excessively ingratiating or insincerely earnest. See Synonyms at unctuous.
2. Relating to or indulging in lewd conduct; smutty: smarmy jokes.

[From smarm, to smear.]

smarm·i·ness n.
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Noun1.smarminess - smug self-serving earnestnesssmarminess - smug self-serving earnestness  
hypocrisy - insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have
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(ˈsmaːmi) adjective
over-respectful and inclined to use flattery. I can't bear his smarmy manner.
ˈsmarminess noun
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The moral structure they produced has been vastly loosened and replaced with a soft, untheorised tendency towards niceness - smarminess, really, as journalist Tom Scocca put it in 2013.
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Despite edging on smarminess at times, you couldn't fault the four-piece who appeared to be loving their first headline tour as much as the audience.
You only have to remember the excruciating Parkinson, with his long-winded questions that even he looked bored by, and Wogan, with his unfunny smarminess, to realise that Ross was a breath of fresh air - a quick-witted performer who established a real rapport with most of his guests and members of the public.
That kind of smarminess of bureaucratic-speak--'we're doing this for your own good'--is very much in evidence these days.
Ribbing between patrons at the bar and coffee house/erotic boutique is funny as is the smart-mouthed affection toward the student workers at the shop (each of their names is preceded with "Little Bastard") and the smarminess of the preposterous Mayor.
Third, a smarminess about matters of fact, as in her recent utterance that Barack Obama is not a Muslim "as far as I know".
And she did it all without an agent or an iota of Hollywood's infamous "let's do lunch" smarminess, relying on help from the short's director, Lee Friedlander, and producer, Abbie Ludgwig, and a whole lot of buzz.