[ uhngk-choo-uhs ]
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Part of Speech adjective
Origin + Etymology
late Middle English; Latin from the late 14th century, "oily, having a greasy or soapy feeling when touched," from the Old French unctueus, from Medieval Latin unctuosus "greasy," from Latin unctus "act of anointing"
  • fatty
  • greasy
  • buttery
  • smooth
  • oleaginous slick
  • dry rough abrasive
  • genuine sincere blunt
1. of the nature of or characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy
2. characterized by excessive piousness or moralistic fervor, especially in an affected manner; excessively smooth, suave, or smug
1. A) The dishes had an unctuous feel to them, so someone must have not cleaned them thoroughly. B) She rubbed the unctuous lotion onto her skin, hoping it would help alleviate the winter dryness.
2. A) She decided not to go on a second date with the man, as his personality seemed too unctuous. B) The woman gave an unctuous performance at the talent show in hopes of winning.
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