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Thursday, February 10, 2000

Definitions for unctuous

  1. Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy.
  2. Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.
  3. Insincerely or excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; marked by a false or smug earnestness or agreeableness.

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Citations for unctuous
A warmed, crusty French roll arrives split, lightly smeared with unctuous chopped liver. John Kessler, Atlanta Journal and Constitution
She recalled being offended by the "phoniness" that stemmed from the contradiction between her mother's charming, even unctuous public manner and her anger in private. Daniel Horowitz, Betty Friedan And the Making of 'The Feminine Mystique'
Origin of unctuous
1350-1400
Unctuous is from Medieval Latin unctuosus, from Latin unctus, "anointed, besmeared, greasy," past participle of unguere, "to anoint, to besmear."
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