unctuosity

unctuous

[uhngk-choo-uhs]
adjective
1.
characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug.
2.
of the nature of or characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy.
3.
having an oily or soapy feel, as certain minerals.

Origin:
1350–1400; Middle English < Medieval Latin ūnctuōsus, equivalent to Latin ūnctu(s) act of anointing (ung(uere) to smear, anoint + -tus suffix of v. action) + -ōsus -ous

unctuously, adverb
unctuousness, unctuosity [uhngk-choo-os-i-tee] , noun
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unctuous (ˈʌŋktjʊəs)
 
adj
1.  slippery or greasy
2.  affecting an oily charm
 
[C14: from Medieval Latin unctuōsus, from Latin unctum ointment, from ungere to anoint]
 
unctuosity
 
n
 
'unctuousness
 
n
 
'unctuously
 
adv

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unctuous
late 14c., "oily," from O.Fr. unctueus, from M.L. unctuosus "greasy," from L. unctus "act of anointing," from pp. stem of unguere "to anoint" (see unguent). Figurative sense of "blandly ingratiating" is first recorded 1742, perhaps in part with a literal sense, but in part
a sarcastic usage from unction in the meaning "deep spiritual feeling" (1690s), such as comes from having been anointed in the rite of unction.
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unctuous unc·tu·ous (ŭngk'chōō-əs)
adj.
Containing or composed of oil or fat.


unc'tu·ous·ness or unc'tu·os'i·ty (-ŏs'ĭ-tē) n.
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