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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.
And yet what we have actually seen of him in the film--his unctuousness, pomposity, manipulativeness, pretension (in a dream Larry has him misdescribe mathematics, when it's actually politics, as "the art of the possible")--exposes Rabbi Nachtner's panegyric as one more instance of denarration, more performatively insidious than the practiced shtick of "The Goy's teeth" because it bears the pronouncement of the pulpit.
My aunt would sit, sometimes in the blazing heat of a Dubai day, and spend a couple of hours just getting the base ingredients cooked down to that perfect caramelised unctuousness.
It is the boldness of the president, gaining relevancy by wielding the veto pen to protect our nation's meek and needy, contrasted with the unctuousness of SpeakerGingrich, havingthe temerity to shut the government down in a brash display of arrogant audacity, that has produced Campaign '96's conventional wisdom.
Then, all of a sudden, the scales fell from my eyes, and I found myself deeply in love with the creamy unctuousness of it all, and the crunchy, buttery crust.
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 broth was rich, not gloopy, without being thickened with potato flour, as many of the trendy ramen places do to give it sheen and an artificially heightened feeling of unctuousness.
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.
The disappearance of the narrator, "immersed in the subjectivity of the protagonist" who "almost always expresses himself with devoted unctuousness (an aesthetic unctuousness that avails itself of religious language)" (Fernandez Roca 100) leaves us with the crude reality of the document, although at certain times the film tries to replace the expressive discoveries of the author with other audiovisual procedures that are as excessive in their shocking nature and theatricality as they are unfortunate: I refer specifically to the second to last sequence where the ritual exorcism of the possessed takes place by submerging them into the sea during the pilgrimage of Santa Baya de Cristamilde.