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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.' Mrs Plornish and her father stood at the top of the steps at their own end, much depressed and shaking their heads.
Fried halloumi never gets to the oozing unctuousness of its close relative Mozzarella, but it is still lovely.
A nationof over a hun-dred and a half million slid into a condition of - not merely apathy and indif-ference, but servility, unctuousness, sustained by rationalization of - there is no other word for it - evil!
The crucial part, he claims, is to use belly pork - as fattiness equals flavour, it's chopped up roughly and rubbed with salt - this is where the unctuousness derives from.
His mother entered the bus and found the boy unctuousness on a seat," Sahmeh, the father of the boy, told Khaleej Times .
The whole exercise, needless to say, left even the most jaded political commentators among us unnerved for its juvenile unctuousness.
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.
"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.
He acquired a reputation for having a "prelatical" side and a "weakness for people of rank or importance" (Lockhart 328), and his personality was said to combine "unctuousness with snobbery in a way that left a bad taste in many people's mouths" (Hastings 251).