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Examples of oleaginous in a Sentence
the office manager greeted the corporate bigwigs with an oleaginous welcome that should have embarrassed him
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The oily oleaginous slipped into English through Middle French, coming from the Latin oleagineus, meaning "of an olive tree." Oleagineus itself is from the Latin olea, meaning "olive tree," and ultimately from the Greek elaia, meaning "olive." Oleaginous was at first used in a literal sense, as it still can be. An oleaginous substance is simply oily, and an oleaginous plant produces oil. The word took on its extended "ingratiating" sense in the 19th century.
Origin and Etymology of oleaginous
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Synonymsadulatory, gushing, gushy, hagiographic (also hagiographical), oily, fulsome, soapy, unctuous
Related Wordsdrooling, slavering, slobbering; cloying, sickening; demonstrative, effusive, mushy, uninhibited, unreserved, unrestrained; artificial, backhanded, feigned, hypocritical, insincere, left-handed, mealymouthed, sanctimonious, two-faced; disarming, endearing, ingratiating, winning, winsome; extravagant, lavish, unrestrained; abundant, copious, profuse
Near Antonymsartless, earnest, genuine, heartfelt, honest, ingenuous, sincere, true, unaffected, unfeigned, unpretending, unpretentious
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