American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- adj. Of or relating to oil.
- adj. Falsely or smugly earnest; unctuous: oleaginous flattery. See Synonyms at unctuous.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the qualities of oil; oily; unctuous.
- Figuratively, effusively and affectedly polite or fawning; sanctimonious; oily.
GNU Webster's 1913
- adj. Having the nature or qualities of oil; oily; unctuous.
- adj. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
- adj. containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
- From French oléagineux, from Latin oleāginus, from olea ("the olive fruit and tree"). (Wiktionary)
- From Middle English oliaginose and from French oléagineux (from Old French), both from Latin oleāginus, of the olive tree, from olea, olive tree, alteration (influenced by oleum, olive oil) of olīva; see olive. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Amanda Platell, in the Daily Mail, wrote of the "tawdry, inexorable decline of Hugh Grant" whom she described as an "oleaginous, womanising lounge lizard".”
“Funny, isn't it, how Coulter drops ridiculous constructions like "oleaginous", but doesn't seem to know the meaning of the word "specious".”
“This kind of oleaginous 'repentence' is a growth industry for the '00s.”
“To avoid abrasions most all Scandinavian operators use some kind of oleaginous substance.”
“Boswell, he points out, was vain and lecherous, "oleaginous" in manner and”
“And just think, if we ever achieve proper reform and a genuinely proportional system, we might see the splitting apart of the big old parties and perhaps a genuinely progressive, genuinely viable alternative to the preening, self serving, oleaginous Labour Party, which has failed everyone in this country who claims a leftist or liberal bent, will emerge.”
“Rubbish on the floor, a meal on a table, a crisp french fry dipped in still-glistening oleaginous ketchup.”
“Joining her was mezzo-soprano Jane Henschel, with a delightfully oleaginous rendering of Clytemnestra that brought the bloodletting adulteress to new heights of malevolence.”
“As physicians we have long relinquished autonomy in the field of science and medicine to the oleaginous interests of industry.”
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