from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- adj. Of or relating to oil.
- adj. Falsely or smugly earnest; unctuous: oleaginous flattery. See Synonyms at unctuous.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- adj. Oily, greasy.
- adj. Falsely or affectedly earnest; persuasively suave.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Having the nature or qualities of oil; oily; unctuous.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- Having the qualities of oil; oily; unctuous.
- Figuratively, effusively and affectedly polite or fawning; sanctimonious; oily.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- adj. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
- adj. containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
Amanda Platell, in the Daily Mail, wrote of the "tawdry, inexorable decline of Hugh Grant" whom she described as an "oleaginous, womanising lounge lizard".
New York Times columnist Frank Rich wrote, "If the word oleaginous didn't exist, someone would have to invent it to describe Rahm Emanuel." called him "arrogant, rash and power hungry" and described how he once "sent a rotting fish to a former coworker with whom he had parted ways."
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.