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Related to unctuousness: unconscious, alleviated


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.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.unctuousness - smug self-serving earnestnessunctuousness - smug self-serving earnestness  
hypocrisy - insincerity by virtue of pretending to have qualities or beliefs that you do not really have


[ˈʌŋktjʊəsnɪs] Ncelo m fingido, afectación f


nsalbungsvolle Art; (of speech)falsches Pathos; the unctuousness of his mannerseine salbungsvolle Art
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Queequeg believed strongly in anointing his boat, and one morning not long after the German ship Jungfrau disappeared, took more than customary pains in that occupation; crawling under its bottom, where it hung over the side, and rubbing in the unctuousness as though diligently seeking to insure a crop of hair from the craft's bald keel.
Many of them came out to look after him, and to observe to one another, with great unctuousness, that he was 'pulled down by it.
My friend ate a 12oz rib-eye that was its equal and with which she ordered a fried egg that added calming, comforting unctuousness.
It is delightfully syrupy without a heavy unctuousness that can make all but the best fortified wines hard work.
The curry leaf scallops, dusted with crushed papad to offset the softness of the shellfish, and served with mustard cress, pack in quite a punch; the asparagus chilla , stacked up in layers, with its crunch balancing the unctuousness of its creamy dressing, is a brilliant reinvention of a common dish; and of course, the narangi black cod is a refreshing change after the surfeit of the sweet miso variant that every halfway decent ' Oriental' restaurant has on its menu -- the gentle sweetness of the oranges that not many chefs use in the country give a new taste dimension to the buttery flesh of the fish.
Violets predominant on the palate alongside the bolder peppery tones coupled with the unctuousness of the fruit.
The unctuousness of the title sometimes seems to be in direct proportion to the size of the boondoggle.