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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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He tends to over-egg his smarminess and feels like more of a caricature than his co-star.
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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He's a refreshing change after the smarminess of Jeff Stelling, though.
DON'T be fawning (no one likes a creep, and there's a life HI thin but distinct line between enthusiasm and smarminess: don't cross it)
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." As Asness of AQR Capital Management says, "We still don't know if Rand's heroes are realistic.