The memories of a hundred business trips came roaring back as I recalled the unctuous Cinnabon aroma that wafts through airports.
Their righteous outbursts represent an ancient and unctuous form of Kabuki theater.
It was an emotional speech, but a delightfully graceful, rather than unctuous and overblown, one.
The monk thereupon goes into a long and unctuous discourse on all the sad evils to Christendom of a conclave so prolonged.
A voice, which was unctuous and insinuative, emanated from the figure.
Various specialists, who cared for the health and beauty of her body, had entered and made their unctuous exits.
All this came out of her like an unctuous trickle of some acrid oil.
Mr. Tweedle had come to the desk and offered his hand in his usual conciliatory and unctuous manner.
It had an earthy, insipid taste, and is described as "unctuous."
If the mare won in the coming struggle he claimed her as his own with tears of unctuous joy.
late 14c., "oily," from Old French unctueus, from Medieval Latin unctuosus "greasy," from Latin unctus "act of anointing," from past participle 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. Related: Unctuously; unctuousness.
unctuous unc·tu·ous (ŭngk'chōō-əs)
Containing or composed of oil or fat.