unctuous


unc·tu·ous

adjective \ˈəŋ(k)-chə-wəs, -chəs, -shwəs\

—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
a :  fatty, oily
b :  smooth and greasy in texture or appearance
2
:  plastic <fine unctuous clay>
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

Other Ecology Terms

Malthusian, anthropogenic, biomass, carbon footprint, crepuscular, niche, sere, symbiosis, taiga, tundra

unc·tu·ous

adjective \ˈəŋ(k)-chə(-wə)s, ˈəŋ(k)sh-wəs\   (Medical Dictionary)

Medical Definition of UNCTUOUS

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

Browse

Next Word in the Dictionary: unculled
Previous Word in the Dictionary: unctuosity
All Words Near: unctuous

Seen & Heard

What made you want to look up unctuous? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

Get Our Free Apps
Voice Search, Favorites,
Word of the Day, and More
Join Us on FB & Twitter
Get the Word of the Day and More