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UNCTUOUS

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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.


 Dictionary entry details 


UNCTUOUS (adjective)


Sense 1unctuous [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech

Synonyms:

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

Similar:

insincere (lacking sincerity)


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