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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.
Poyser added, laughing unctuously. "I told Bartle Massey on it, an' he laughed too."
'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.
Fried vegetable dumplings are crisp outside and unctuously soft and savoury inside, with a deep flavour that is almost meaty.
Siddharth, unctuously told the press, 'We have received a request for the auditorium to hold the talk but we politely declined.
It was good but, unusually for that unctuously fatty cut of meat, verged on dry.
After the academic sessions concluded, I recall the pleasure we had, interposed with fright, when riding rather obnoxious and cantankerous camels around the Great Pyramids of Giza, drinking wickedly potent Arabian coffee in the El Khalili market, haggling with unctuously persuasive cotton merchants at the Bab al-Badistan souk, and later in the evening, admiring the acrobatic prowess and silky skills of the scantily covered and amply contoured belly dancers during the postprandial entertainment offered by the hosts at the congress dinner on a boat on the Nile.
If the hand he's shaking belongs to a strongman, he bows and scrapes, unctuously deferential to the diplomatic niceties and protocols.
Becoming a bar mitzvah can be an overwhelming and stressful experience for teenage boysthe months spent practicing one's haftarah, the obligatory socializing with unctuously affectionate relatives from out of town and the residual lipstick marks left on one's cheek, the penning of a compelling thank you speech that somehow incorporates both Avraham aveinu and that iPhoneX you always wanted.
Riesling can be amazingly delicious when bone dry, or unctuously sweet, or anywhere in between, because it can have the acidity to balance the sugar.