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adjective as in oily

adjective as in ingratiating

adjective as in sycophantic

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Example Sentences

One promising early antagonist is the late President’s unctuous daughter, Kimberly, played marvelously against type by Amber Tamblyn.

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Know the risksWhile this unctuous fluid has plenty of things in its favor, there is a dark side to it.

Their righteous outbursts represent an ancient and unctuous form of Kabuki theater.

It was an emotional speech, but a delightfully graceful, rather than unctuous and overblown, one.

The memories of a hundred business trips came roaring back as I recalled the unctuous Cinnabon aroma that wafts through airports.

Nobody liked him much to begin with, and all this slap-fighting has made him look even more unctuous and ineffectual.

He delivered his repeated phrases with an unctuous indulgent roll that made Gwynne long to grind his teeth.

Very little of that unctuous spasmodic shouting, which used to characterise Wesleyanism, is heard in Lune-street Chapel.

I am weary of retired colonels with port-stained faces, and vinegary old maids, and unctuous canons.

Her father's voice was unctuous with welcome as he hastened to meet the ponderous bulk that loomed through the dusk.

A man whom he liked and respected was about to fire the first shot on behalf of unctuous rectitude and the conventions.


On this page you'll find 62 synonyms, antonyms, and words related to unctuous, such as: fatty, greasy, oleaginous, and slick.

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