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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Unctuous \Unc"tu*ous\ (?; 135), adjective [F. onctueux, LL. unctuosus, fr. L. unctus anointment, fr. ungere, unctum, to anoint. See {Unguent}.]

1. Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy. "The unctuous cheese." --Longfellow.

2. Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.

3. Bland; suave; also, tender; fervid; as, an unctuous speech; sometimes, insincerely suave or fervid. -- {Unc"tu*ous*ly}, adverb -- {Unc"tu*ous*ness}, noun

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

unctuous

adjective

1: unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech; "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent"; "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the unctuous Uriah Heep"; "soapy compliments" [syn: {buttery}, {fulsome}, {oily}, {oleaginous}, {smarmy}, {soapy}, {unctuous}]


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