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 Dictionary entry overview: What does unctuous mean? 

UNCTUOUS (adjective)
  The adjective UNCTUOUS has 1 sense:

1. unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech

  Familiarity information: UNCTUOUS used as an adjective is very rare.

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UNCTUOUS (adjective)

Sense 1unctuous [BACK TO TOP]


Unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech


buttery; fulsome; oleaginous; smarmy; unctuous; oily; soapy

Context examples:

buttery praise / gave him a fulsome introduction / an oily sycophantic press agent / oleaginous hypocrisy / smarmy self-importance / the unctuous Uriah Heep / soapy compliments


insincere (lacking sincerity)

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