Unctuous meaning

ŭngkcho͝o-əs
Excessively ingratiating or insincerely earnest.

Was annoyed by the unctuous waiter.

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The definition of unctuous is oily, greasy or slippery in feel or character, or soft and rich garden soil.

An example of unctuous is how a slug feels.

An example of unctuous is a self-absorbed politician.

An example of unctuous is good garden dirt.

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Characterized by a false show of deep or sincere feeling, as in trying to persuade; too smooth or overly polite in speech, manners, etc.
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(by extension, of a person) Profusely polite, especially unpleasantly so and insincerely earnest.
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Abundant in organic materials; soft and rich.

Unctuous soil.

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Like oil, soap, or grease to the touch.
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Soft and rich.
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Plastic; moldable.
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(of a liquid or fatty substance) Oily or greasy.
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(of a wine, coffee, etc.) Rich, lush, intense, with layers of concentrated, soft, velvety flavor.
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Origin of unctuous

  • Middle English from Old French unctueus from Medieval Latin ūnctuōsus from Latin ūnctum ointment from neuter past participle of unguere to anoint

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Medieval Latin unctuōsus (“oily"), from Latin unguere, ungere (“to anoint").

    From Wiktionary