Definitions

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  • adv. Insincerely and excessively charming

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In an unctuous manner with unctuousness.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adv. in an unctuous manner

Etymologies

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unctuous +‎ -ly

Examples

  • "Howdy, Miss Georgie?" he called unctuously through the open door.

    Good Indian

  • I hate to disappoint you but now that I can see again I have been able to brush that chip off my shoulder and now, in my new enlightened state, I have transmogrified and become that most dreaded of creatures - a righteous and unctuously nice creature with nothing controversial to say ever again - at least until Don Herradura arrives with his potion (as suggested by Rick with keen insight).

    San Pablo Centro Oftalmologico, Zapopan

  • (The television shrieked, unctuously) My uncle retreated into complete obscurity (Tin, leaky words emanated out from speakers, deadpan laughter sitting vaguely in a void) — rolling creak.

    Carolina Grüber: I

  • (The television had shrieked unctuously) My uncle retreated into complete obscurity (Tin, leaky words emanated out from speakers, deadpan laughter sitting vaguely in a void) — a rolling creak.

    We Stabbed and a Mighty Scarf Shot Red

  • “In the later years, ” he told me rather unctuously in his bad-guy English, “nobody really imprisoned or, you know, tortured innocents or something like that.

    Relationships Of Mutual Mistrust

  • But in the case of the opportunistic Rep. Parker Griffith, who recently switched from being a Democratic to a Republican, there's something unctuously opportunistic, unnerving and supremely self-serving about his move.

    Derrick K. Baker: When Opportunity Knocks, Don't Fence-Sit

  • The professor greeted them unctuously, rubbing his pudgy hands together and showing tobacco-stained teeth beneath his square mustache.

    "Undersea Prisoner" by Harl Vincent, part 1

  • For instance, he unctuously welcomed the Shah of Iran to the White House in 1978—and then refused to communicate with him fourteen months later as that tyrant tottered to his fall, though a dialogue might have been useful when it was important to keep this suddenly fleeing client out of the United States.

    Magic and Mayhem

  • "I am Major Ortrum, Commandant of the City Guard," the raccoon said unctuously.

    A Corridor in the Asylum

  • Joanie, privately exulting in liberation, could now re-invent her awkward parent and bestow posthumous respectability on 'a charming horsewoman of the old school ', as Peregrine unctuously put it.

    The Elvis Latte

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