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unctuous

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Definition unpleasantly and insincerely charming or ingratiating in manner or speech
  • And a most unctuous and oily of bishops!
    Upton Sinclair  --  The Jungle
  • Martin Poyser's large person shook with his silent unctuous laugh.
    George Eliot  --  Adam Bede
  • Our d'gods, Holger," he said unctuously.
    Thomas Mann  --  The Magic Mountain
  • 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
  • His voice, so uncommonly unctuous and placating, sounded strange to David's ears despite his misery.
    Henry Roth  --  Call It Sleep
  • He made no effort to be civil, or his normal unctuous, ingratiating self.
    Pat Conroy  --  The Water is Wide
  • 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
  • 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
  • A sweet and unctuous duty!
    Herman Melville  --  Moby Dick
  • 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
  • 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
  • His voice was as soft and sympathetic as a mortician's but with no unctuousness.
    Dean Koontz  --  Sole Survivor
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • Varys gave the king an unctuous smile and laid a soft hand on Ned's sleeve.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Game of Thrones
  • 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.
    Chang-rae Lee  --  Native Speaker
  • He had dropped his unctuous tone and his smile now.
    J.K. Rowling  --  Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire
  • They admire his unctuousness.
    Sinclair Lewis  --  Main Street
  • (Editor's note:  The suffix "-ness" converts an adjective to a noun that means the quality of. This is the same pattern you see in words like darkness, kindness, and coolness.)
  • 'An old woman,' said Maggy, with an unctuous smack of her lips.
    Charles Dickens  --  Little Dorrit
  • That's the huge Chinese who's always polite — unctuous, actually, but rather sincere.
    Robert Ludlum  --  The Bourne Supremacy
  • "But not for long, I think," said Varys unctuously.
    George R.R. Martin  --  A Storm of Swords

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