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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
  unpleasantly and insincerely charming or ingratiating in manner or speech
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unctuous unctuously unctuousness
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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
  • Awaiting the train would be the bereaved father, the importunate mistress, a hearse, an unctuous mortician, perhaps someone else ….
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • And a most unctuous and oily of bishops!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle

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  • General Peckem roused himself after a moment with an unctuous and benignant smile.
    Joseph Heller  --  Catch-22
  • This box contained an unctuous substance partly solid, of which it was impossible to discover the color, owing to the reflection of the polished gold, sapphires, rubies, emeralds, which ornamented the box.
    Alexandre Dumas  --  The Count of Monte Cristo
  • "Don’t worry, Mr. Rearden," said an unctuous voice over a long distance telephone line from Washington, "I just wanted to assure you that you will not have to worry."
    Ayn Rand  --  Atlas Shrugged
  • The Reverend Dameron, a Dickensian personage, an unctuous and jolly brimstone-and-damnation orator, was minister of the Grandview Baptist Church in Kansas City, Kansas, the church the Andrews family attended regularly.
    Truman Capote  --  In Cold Blood
  • He had dropped his unctuous tone and his smile now.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • He spoke unctuously, as though he had no idea why she really came down; but all three of us knew he knew and that we knew he knew.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me

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  • Inside the shop, Borgin remained frozen; his unctuous smile had vanished; he looked worried.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince
  • A sweet and unctuous duty!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • Words like: viscous, impunity, paroxysm, unctuous, nefarious, onanistic, perfidious, lugubrious.
    Jack Gantos  --  Hole in My Life
  • Betty Jay scented the boiling of Squire Cass’s hams, but her longing was arrested by the unctuous liquor in which they were boiled; and when the seasons brought round the great merry-makings, they were regarded on all hands as a fine thing for the poor.
    George Eliot  --  Silas Marner
  • They united in only one thing and this was to berate the agent for his ill management of the estates, so that he who had once been oily and unctuous, a man of plenty and of ease, was now become anxious and harried and his flesh gone so that his skin hung upon him like an old garment.
    Pearl S. Buck  --  The Good Earth
  • The truth was, nevertheless, that it had been planted by Alice Pyncheon,—she was Phoebe’s great-great-grand-aunt,—in soil which, reckoning only its cultivation as a garden-plat, was now unctuous with nearly two hundred years of vegetable decay.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • There was something also about the tone of her voice, unctuous, smooth, which somehow appealed to and disturbed him.
    Theodore Dreiser  --  An American Tragedy
  • That’s the huge Chinese who’s always polite — unctuous, actually, but rather sincere.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He thanks "everyone for coming, for partaking of the bounty, including our special guest …" Cedric-his black jeans and long-sleeved black pullover shirt conspicuous in a sea of khakis and blazers, a long piece of celery with goat cheese (he hates goat cheese) dangling from his long fingers-offers a sickly smile to the unctuous eyes.
    Ron Suskind  --  A Hope in the Unseen
  • They admire his unctuousness.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • Baby Kochamma recognized at once the immense potential of the situation, but immediately anointed her thoughts with unctuous oils.
    Arundhati Roy  --  The God of Small Things
  • Hope elevates, and joy Brightens his crest; as when a wandering fire, Compact of unctuous vapour, which the night Condenses, and the cold environs round, Kindled through agitation to a flame, Which oft, they say, some evil Spirit attends, Hovering and blazing with delusive light, Misleads the amazed night-wanderer from his way To bogs and mires, and oft through pond or pool; There swallowed up and lost, from succour far.
    John Milton  --  Paradise Lost
  • Furiously he snatched up his tube of shaving-cream, furiously he lathered, with a belligerent slapping of the unctuous brush, furiously he raked his plump cheeks with a safety-razor.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Babbitt
  • Even the Yankees, most of whom had been rejected by the military academies, spent their years at the Institute perfecting the unctuous skills of Southern gentlemen.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Lords of Discipline
  • …of the fleece, rolls it up, and carries it into the background as three-and-a-half pounds of unadulterated warmth for the winter enjoyment of persons unknown and far away, who will, however, never experience the superlative comfort derivable from the wool as it here exists, new and pure—before the unctuousness of its nature whilst in a living state has dried, stiffened, and been washed out—rendering it just now as superior to anything WOOLLEN as cream is superior to milk-and-water.
    Thomas Hardy  --  Far from the Madding Crowd
  • A touch of red over the lips of Esther had strayed beyond their outline; the yellow on her dress was spread with such unctuous plumpness as to have acquired a kind of solidity, and stood boldly out from the receding atmosphere; while the green of the trees, which was still bright in Silk and wool among the lower parts of the panel, but had quite ’gone’ at the top, separated in a paler scheme, above the dark trunks, the yellowing upper branches, tanned and half-obliterated by the sharp…
    Marcel Proust  --  Swann’s Way
  • I made my voice unctuously polite.
    Geraldine Brooks  --  Year of Wonders
  • Varys slithered to his feet, smiling in that unctuous way he had.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Clash of Kings
  • Martin Poyser’s large person shook with his silent unctuous laugh.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • His voice was as soft and sympathetic as a mortician’s but with no unctuousness.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • Varys gave the king an unctuous smile and laid a soft hand on Ned’s sleeve.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • "But not for long, I think," said Varys unctuously.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords
  • "It’s W. O. Gant, isn’t it?" he asked in a drawling unctuous voice.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
  • His voice, so uncommonly unctuous and placating, sounded strange to David’s ears despite his misery.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • When I try to put it into words, it comes out one of those unctuous, over-pious platitudes at which Bishops are expected to excel.
    Margaret Craven  --  I Heard the Owl Call My Name
  • The man proved to be Tyroshi; short and stout and sweaty, with an unctuous smile that reminded her of Varys and a forked beard dyed green and pink.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Feast For Crows
  • In the parlors he was unctuously received by the pastor and a committee of three, wearing morning clothes and a manner of Christian intellectuality.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Arrowsmith
  • 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.
    Virgil  --  The Aeneid
  • If we were talking about some thorny issue like welfare reform or affirmative action he would say like a reporter both unctuous and angling, "Mr. Park, if you would tell us the Korean-American position on this please."
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • ’An old woman,’ said Maggy, with an unctuous smack of her lips.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • The minutes turned into quarter hours as the retired Deuxième officer went to work, unctuously, with promises of reward for the wives of telephone technicians, if they would do what he asked them to do.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Ultimatum
  • Who else, most outspoken prince?" he replied, with an unctuous smile.
    Fyodor Dostoyevsky  --  The Idiot
  • It ’minds me of Zack Shalliday, and the way he got wedded," came the unctuous chuckle.
    Grace MacGowan Cooke  --  The Power and the Glory
  • Our d’gods, Holger," he said unctuously.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • MRS. KREBS (Unctuously, to HORNBECK) You’re a stranger, aren’t you, mister?
    Jerome Lawrence and Robert E. Lee  --  Inherit the Wind
  • ’I speak English,’ he added proudly, if unctuously.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • He entertained it, his voice unctuous with pleasure and cruelty.
    John Howard Griffin  --  Black Like Me
  • He at first knit his brows; then smiled with more unctuous benignity than ever.
    Nathaniel Hawthorne  --  The House of the Seven Gables
  • There was a creak on the stairway outside, again the unctuous female voice.
    William Styron  --  Sophie’s Choice
  • The time for Daisy’s marriage was growing near: she had been sought by a tall middle-aged shaven life-insurance agent, who wore spats, collars of immaculate starchiness five inches in height, who spoke with an unctuous and insane croon, chortling gently in his throat from time to time for no reason at all.
    Thomas Wolfe  --  Look Homeward, Angel
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