unctuous


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unc·tu·ous

 (ŭngk′cho͞o-əs)
adj.
1. Excessively ingratiating or insincerely earnest: was annoyed by the unctuous waiter.
2.
a. Containing or composed of oil or fat.
b. Having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery.
3. Abundant in organic materials; soft and rich: unctuous soil.

[Middle English, from Old French unctueus, from Medieval Latin ūnctuōsus, from Latin ūnctum, ointment, from neuter past participle of unguere, to anoint.]

unc′tu·ous·ly adv.
unc′tu·ous·ness, unc′tu·os′i·ty (-ŏs′ĭ-tē) n.
Synonyms: unctuous, fulsome, oily, smarmy
These adjectives mean insincerely, self-servingly, or smugly agreeable or earnest: asked a favor in an unctuous tone of voice; gave the dictator a fulsome introduction; oily praise; smarmy self-importance.

unctuous

(ˈʌŋktjʊəs)
adj
1. slippery or greasy
2. affecting an oily charm
[C14: from Medieval Latin unctuōsus, from Latin unctum ointment, from ungere to anoint]
unctuosity, ˈunctuousness n
ˈunctuously adv

unc•tu•ous

(ˈʌŋk tʃu əs)

adj.
1. characterized by affected earnestness or moralistic fervor; excessively suave or smug.
2. characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy.
3. having an oily or soapy feel, as certain minerals.
[1350–1400; < Medieval Latin ūnctuōsus < Latin ūnctus act of anointing]
unc′tu•ous•ly, adv.
unc′tu•ous•ness, n.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.unctuous - unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah Heep"; "soapy compliments"
insincere - lacking sincerity; "a charming but thoroughly insincere woman"; "their praise was extravagant and insincere"

unctuous

adjective
1. obsequious, smooth, slick, plausible, oily, gushing, fawning, suave, glib, ingratiating, insincere, sycophantic, smarmy (Brit. informal) the kind of unctuous tone that I've heard at diplomatic parties
2. oily, creamy, greasy, oleaginous Goose fat gives the most unctuous flavour.

unctuous

adjective
1. Affectedly and self-servingly earnest:
2. Having the qualities of fat:
Translations

unctuous

[ˈʌŋktjʊəs] ADJempalagoso, afectado
in an unctuous voiceen tono meloso, empalagosamente

unctuous

[ˈʌŋktʃʊəs] adj [person, tone] → onctueux/euse, mielleux/euse

unctuous

adj, unctuously
advsalbungsvoll

unctuous

[ˈʌŋktjʊəs] adj (liter) → untuoso/a

unc·tu·ous

a. untuoso-a, oleaginoso-a; grasoso-a.
References in classic literature ?
The truth was, nevertheless, that it had been planted by Alice Pyncheon,--she was Phoebe's great-great-grand-aunt, --in soil which, reckoning only its cultivation as a garden-plat, was now unctuous with nearly two hundred years of vegetable decay.
It is not, perhaps, entirely because the whale is so excessively unctuous that landsmen seem to regard the eating of him with abhorrence; that appears to result, in some way, from the consideration before mentioned: i.
Regarding the Sperm whale's head as a solid oblong, you may, on an inclined plane, sideways divide it into two quoins, whereof the lower is the bony structure, forming the cranium and jaws, and the upper an unctuous mass wholly free from bones; its broad forward end forming the expanded vertical apparent forehead of the whale.
Betty Jay scented the boiling of Squire Cass's hams, but her longing was arrested by the unctuous liquor in which they were boiled; and when the seasons brought round the great merry-makings, they were regarded on all hands as a fine thing for the poor.
Hope elevates, and joy Bright'ns his Crest, as when a wandring Fire Compact of unctuous vapor, which the Night Condenses, and the cold invirons round, Kindl'd through agitation to a Flame, Which oft, they say, some evil Spirit attends, Hovering and blazing with delusive Light, Misleads th' amaz'd Night-wanderer from his way To Boggs and Mires, & oft through Pond or Poole, There swallow'd up and lost, from succour farr.
First they listened to an unctuous grace from Friar Tuck, and then Robin lifted high a tankard of ale.
Besides, the chevalier was as unctuous with the abbe as he was paternal with the grisettes.
This box contained an unctuous substance partly solid, of which it was impossible to discover the color, owing to the reflection of the polished gold, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, which ornamented the box.
Martin Poyser's large person shook with his silent unctuous laugh.
I have no doubt in the world that you are doing well in that greasy Flanders; living probably on the fat of the unctuous land; sitting like a black-haired, tawny-skinned, long-nosed Israelite by the flesh-pots of Egypt; or like a rascally son of Levi near the brass cauldrons of the sanctuary, and every now and then plunging in a consecrated hook, and drawing out of the sea, of broth the fattest of heave-shoulders and the fleshiest of wave-breasts.
Oh, you self-satisfied persons who, in your unctuous pride, are forever ready to mouth your maxims--if only you knew how fully I myself comprehend the sordidness of my present state, you would not trouble to wag your tongues at me
The frame was of poles and willow twigs, on which were stretched five elk and buffalo hides, sewed together with sinews, and the seams payed with unctuous mud.