from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness: "the unctuous, complacent court composer who is consumed with envy and self-loathing” ( Rhoda Koenig).
- adj. Having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery.
- adj. Containing or composed of oil or fat.
- adj. Abundant in organic materials; soft and rich: unctuous soil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Oily or greasy.
- adj. Rich, lush, intense, with layers of concentrated, soft, velvety flavor.
- adj. Profusely polite, especially unpleasantly so and insincerely earnest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy.
- adj. Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.
- adj. Bland; suave; also, tender; fervid; ; sometimes, insincerely suave or fervid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Of the nature of or resembling an unguent or ointment; greasy; oily; fat; soapy.
- oily, or soapy feel when rubbed or touched by the fingers—a characteristic of steatite, talc, serpentine, and other magnesian minerals, due to the magnesia which they contain.
- Having or characterized by unction; tending to religious fervor; especially, falsely or affectedly fervid, devotional, emotional, gushing, or the like; excessively bland or suave.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
The staff in unctuous to regulars and condescending to those of us who still dress as if we lived in Seattle.
Now, I don't know if my unctuous is the same as your unctuous, you know, so - but it came out great.
Everyone will recall the unctuous Walter Cronkite, a man with a face only a nation could love, interviewing an out-of-control Mayor Richard J. Daley, a man with a face that during that convention a whole nation came to loathe.
BTW: the word "unctuous" used above is not a misspelling.
And then I tasted it, and it, you know, had this kind of unctuous, porty richness, which is characteristic of that wine -- that it sort of resembles port in a lot of ways.
This kind of unctuous posturing doesn't exactly make traditionalists insecure in their position; it tends to make traditionalists cranky, because the hypocrisy is pretty evident.
My friend Nico and I have a longstanding & ongoing correspondence about this sort of meat, he sends me "unctuous" links very regularly!
The _Edinburgh New Philosophical Journal_, 13-368, mentions an "unctuous" substance that fell near Rotterdam, in 1832.
The paragraph continued on its way through the press, and whenever he took up a newspaper he seemed to come upon it, slightly modified, variously developed, but always reverting with a kind of unctuous irony to his financial preoccupations and his wife's consequent loneliness.
I dislike the sound of the word "unctuous", it sounds like the reviewer is trying too hard.
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