Definitions for unctuousness

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

unc•tu•ousˈʌŋk tʃu əs(adj.)

  1. characterized by affected earnestness or moralistic fervor; excessively suave or smug.

  2. characteristic of an unguent or ointment; oily; greasy.

  3. having an oily or soapy feel, as certain minerals.

Origin of unctuous:

1350–1400; < ML ūnctuōsus < L ūnctus act of anointing


Princeton's WordNet

  1. fulsomeness, oiliness, oleaginousness, smarminess, unctuousness, unction(noun)

    smug self-serving earnestness


  1. unctuousness(Noun)

    The state or characteristic of being unctuous.

  2. Origin: “unctuous” + “-ness”


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