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"It's the name of a shell, my dear,—just the name of a shell," explained Rollins with some unctuousness.

Beside it Claude's has a suspicion, at least, of unctuousness.

They are also sometimes called Fat Oils, on account of their unctuousness, in which they exceed all other sorts of Oil.

To such a mind there is no unctuousness, by which ideas may be fastened upon others without their assent.

Sometimes, as in the case of Oehlenschlger, advancing years produce in the talent a suspicion of corpulence, of unctuousness.

But before the sudden woodeny set of his daughter's placid mouth his unctuousness twisted just a little bit wryly on his lips.

Hate and love, unctuousness or slime, which is particularly obnoxious in some religious people.

He smiled as he spoke with the unctuousness of a villain administering poison in a bouquet of roses.

Its words drop fatness, its face oozes with unctuousness, its eyes swim with dews of mirth.

There was an unctuousness in his courtesy that irritated Philip, but perhaps Philip envied him his place in the gig.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., "oily," from Old French unctueus, from Medieval Latin unctuosus "greasy," from Latin unctus "act of anointing," from past participle stem of unguere "to anoint" (see unguent).

Figurative sense of "blandly ingratiating" is first recorded 1742, perhaps in part with a literal sense, but in part a sarcastic usage from unction in the meaning "deep spiritual feeling" (1690s), such as comes from having been anointed in the rite of unction. Related: Unctuously; unctuousness.

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