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unctuous
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The Aeneid
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  • First, from the ground a lofty pile they rear, Of pitch trees, oaks, and pines, and unctuous fir: The fabric’s front with cypress twigs they strew, And stick the sides with boughs of baleful yew.
  • …moment the sly traitor chose: Then, starting from his ambush, up he rose, And threw, but first to Heav’n address’d his vows: "O patron of Socrates’ high abodes, Phoebus, the ruling pow’r among the gods, Whom first we serve, whole woods of unctuous pine Are fell’d for thee, and to thy glory shine; By thee protected with our naked soles, Thro’ flames unsing’d we march, and tread the kindled coals Give me, propitious pow’r, to wash away The stains of this dishonorable day: Nor spoils,…

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  • But she kept her attention on me, unctuously gesturing, and even as he leaned and bucked into her she held out her open hand to me, as if I should take it when I crept my way inside.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  A Gesture Life
  • He made no effort to be civil, or his normal unctuous, ingratiating self.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide

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