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unctuous

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adjective unc·tu·ous \ˈəŋ(k)-chə-wəs, -chəs, -shwəs\

Simple Definition of unctuous

  • —used to describe someone who speaks and behaves in a way that is meant to seem friendly and polite but that is unpleasant because it is obviously not sincere

Full Definition of unctuous

  1. 1 a :  fatty, oily b :  smooth and greasy in texture or appearance

  2. 2 :  plastic <fine unctuous clay>

  3. 3 :  full of unction; especially :  revealing or marked by a smug, ingratiating, and false earnestness or spirituality

unc·tu·ous·ly adverb
unc·tu·ous·ness noun

Examples of unctuous

  1. <an unctuous effort to appear religious to the voters>

  2. <an unctuous appraisal of the musical talent shown by the boss's daughter>



Origin of unctuous

Middle English, from Middle French or Medieval Latin; Middle French unctueus, from Medieval Latin unctuosus, from Latin unctus act of anointing, from unguere to anoint


First Known Use: 14th century


Medical Dictionary

unctuous

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adjective unc·tu·ous \ˈəŋ(k)-chə(-wə)s, ˈəŋ(k)sh-wəs\

Medical Definition of unctuous

  1. :  rich in oil or fat :  fatty <an unctuous pharmaceutical preparation>





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