Synonyms and Antonyms of unctuous
1 not being or expressing what one appears to be or express an unctuous effort to appear religious to the voters Synonyms of unctuous artificial, backhanded, counterfeit, double, double-dealing, double-faced, fake, feigned, hypocritical, Janus-faced, jive [slang], left-handed, lip, mealy, mealymouthed, Pecksniffian, phony (also phoney), phony-baloney (or phoney-baloney), pretended, two-faced, insincereWords Related to unctuous affected, assumed, claptrap, contrived, forced, mechanical, put-on, simulated, strained, unnatural; empty, hollow, meaningless; deceitful, devious, dishonest, false, untruthful; facile, glib, superficial; bogus, sham; campy, facetious, jocular, tongue-in-cheek; canting, pharisaical, pious, sanctimonious, self-righteous, simon-pureNear Antonyms of unctuous direct, forthright, frank, heart-to-heart, open, plain, straightforwardAntonyms of unctuous artless, candid, genuine, heartfelt, honest, sincere, undesigning, unfeigned
2 overly or insincerely flattering an unctuous appraisal of the musical talent shown by the boss's daughter Synonyms of unctuous adulatory, gushing, gushy, hagiographic (also hagiographical), oily, oleaginous, soapy, fulsomeWords Related to unctuous drooling, 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, profuseNear Antonyms of unctuous artless, earnest, genuine, heartfelt, honest, ingenuous, sincere, true, unaffected, unfeigned, unpretending, unpretentious
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