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1. Excessively ingratiating or insincerely earnest: was annoyed by the unctuous waiter.
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.
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What these are (and in spite of their grim name they are quite innocent) no array of terms would render thinkable to the merely English intelligence; but to the Scot they often prove unctuously nourishing, and Mr.
The head-waiter ushered them unctuously to a small table set in the far corner of the room.
I 'ope you will come to look on me, sir,' said Keggs, unctuously, 'as your good hangel.
Nevertheless, the approaching end of the year did cause rather more application among the clerks, just as porters and servants become at that season more unctuously civil.
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The grand violin solos come across as unctuously lyrical, and are played in a full round tone, as though the concert master had caught the proper timbre from the violinist Josef Suk himself.
Lyman then gave us our clearest view of just how expedient the Obama administration was prepared to be in dealing with the Khartoum regime, despite what Senator, presidential candidate, and President called "genocide" in Darfur--a "stain on our souls," as he unctuously declared.
On top of that, he's so unctuously "friendly" that he acts like he's been part of their family for years: He has tattooed their Christmas-card photo across his back and, in Ned's honor, has built them a bowling alley.
Not that anti-utopianism is merely a right-wing tendency; it can also regularly be found in the unctuously liberal New Yorker.
Unctuously sweet, wth mouth-coating texture, this one has a touch of heat and tip-of-the-tongue acidity framing dried fruit, truffle, and vanilla cream aromas and flavors.
It has to be wondered: After a veteran is unctuously thanked, how many thankers hand them a few hundred dollars of gratitude?
There are instantly forgettable instrumental flourishes (with an unctuously sugary harp appearing the night before Chris's wedding), while a brief snatch of ceilidh wildness at Chris's wedding dance and a plangent fiddle score played over the poignancy of Will's departure from Kinraddie hint at what might have been.