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Below you will find the definition of unctuous, followed by 38 sample sentences (from real sources), gradually increasing in length.
(adjective) - unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
EXAMPLES - Unctuous in a Sentence
- BTW: the word "unctuous" used above is not a misspelling. (source)
- To us, 'unctuous' is much more of a texture than a flavor. (source)
- Krauthammer called Obozo "unctuous" ... and I agree completely. (source)
- GRRRRR wrote: Krauthammer called Obozo "unctuous" ... and I agree completely. (source)
- Like in one direction, he says: cook until the assembly is thick and unctuous. (source)
- It would be almost too easy to pull information out of this unctuous jackanapes. (source)
- I dislike the sound of the word "unctuous", it sounds like the reviewer is trying too hard. (source)
- ccarpita: I dislike the sound of the word "unctuous", it sounds amark22 12 minutes ago 2:33 PM (source)
- Now, I don't know if my unctuous is the same as your unctuous, you know, so - but it came out great. (source)
- The "chickpeas" have a delicious, unctuous texture and a depth of flavor I have never experienced before. (source)
- Blumenthal detests Lieberman's politics and unctuous self-righteousness and was ready to unseat him in 2012. (source)
- The rose body cream is unctuous and the rose shampoo and conditioner are extra moisturising and smell lovely. (source)
- This was by far the most forward and unctuous of the three, with a distinctive chocolate, spice and tobacco character. (source)
- Viveka Davis is a charmer as the girl of Morgan's dreams, and the much-missed Paul Gleason plays an unctuous political adviser. (source)
- My friend Nico and I have a longstanding & ongoing correspondence about this sort of meat, he sends me "unctuous" links very regularly! (source)
- "The commercial situation on the island is damn bad," he said with great solemnity and an unctuous mouthing of the many-syllabled words. (source)
- Mr Z doesn 't need this on top of all his other problems and there'll be an anxious and unctuous response from him, or from one of his minions. (source)
- The magical blend of warm protein, molten fat, and unctuous collagen in the roasted meat is a narcotic elixir and it addicts them on first bite. (source)
- Old friend Harry (James Franco ) becomes New Goblin and unctuous Daily Bugle rival photographer (Topher Grace) morphs into shark-toothed bad guy Venom. (source)
- Lesser cuts have enough marbled fat and natural gelatin to ensure unctuous, tender meat without dryness, and they readily accept marinades and aromatics. (source)
- Look at that unctuous underglaze in the palest, almost imperceptible blue, not too glassy, not too dull, and fired with absolute evenness and consistency. (source)
- The lack of quality January movies has been well documented, but the three hitting theaters this weekend look so unctuous that they almost feel like a prank. (source)
- The whites are tender and actually have flavor ... but the flavor is nothing compared to the thick, unctuous yolks, which are as flavorful as any egg I've tasted. (source)
- Gyptian fluctuates between silky and unctuous, a more believable and only slightly less effective Ne-Yo, if Ne-Yo lived on an island, and had ample access to Auto-Tune. (source)
- Expect a "peasant" touch such as vine tomatoes and lemons casually posed on the white tablecloths next to the bottle of olive oil and the irresistible, unctuous tapenade. (source)
- And then I tasted it, and it, you know, had this kind of unctuous, porty richness, which is characteristic of that wine -- that it sort of resembles port in a lot of ways. (source)
- This kind of unctuous posturing doesn't exactly make traditionalists insecure in their position; it tends to make traditionalists cranky, because the hypocrisy is pretty evident. (source)
- It's all part of a plot masterminded by the deliciously unctuous Alexander Knox, who's intending to snooker a rich old couple into believing the rough-hewn O'Brien is their long-lost son. (source)
- Such unctuous expressions of disgust carry the hollow ringof chagrined banter by persons perhaps tormented not by the fact that they were victimized by Tiger's folly, but instead by their own. (source)
- And trust mustn't even be used in the same sentence with Lotso, an ominously unctuous old teddy bear who's the eminence grise plus fraise; he smells of strawberries of the daycare center's playthings. (source)
- Everyone will recall the unctuous Walter Cronkite, a man with a face only a nation could love, interviewing an out-of-control Mayor Richard J. Daley, a man with a face that during that convention a whole nation came to loathe. (source)
- I encourage you to take a look at the Environment Canada Website that provides a lot of useful information about climate and climate change which may open your mind - cjohnson, do you understand the meaning of the word "unctuous"? (source)
- He was a poor campaigner, a smug, unctuous, uninspiring, sanctimonious smirker so eager to please other establishment types that he let himself get steamrolled in his debate with Dick Cheney and then sat there looking grateful for it. (source)
- It's been a decade since his unctuous, mendacious sanctimony has been on full display and it's good to see that while he looks a bit older, he hasn't lost that magical ability to sound like an aging schoolmarm and a bitchy drag queen all at the same time: (source)
- The XXXL lady in question -- dubbed "Ginormica" by her U.S. military guards -- starts out plain and petite Susan Murphy (voiced by Reese Witherspoon), until a meteorite hits her just minutes before she's supposed to tie the knot with unctuous chauvinist Derek (Paul Rudd). (source)
- His once striking good looks are now routinely overtaken by a wildly fluctuating weight and the unctuous veneer that has garnered him the nickname "Greasy Bear" among the paparazzi (a takeoff on his younger brother Jason's nickname of "Gummi Bear," but pejorative nonetheless). (source)
- And now he's stuck, his limber, velvet ribbon of a voice forced to resort to making unctuous Diane Warren ballads seem sincere and interesting and mostly not succeeding "How Does Your Heart Forget," a forgettable ballad with synthy space noises, tries and fails to split the difference, while Ne-Yo has all the fun. (source)
- In the aftermath, the largely absentee Northern Ireland secretary, Shaun Woodward, reassured the House of Commons in Westminster in an unctuous statement on 9 March: the incident, he said, was a "temporary darkness at the end of a tunnel of considerable light" and a sign that "the politics of a shared future is working". (source)
The average Flesch reading-ease score of the 38 example sentences provided below is 54.0, which suggests that "unctuous" is a fairly difficult word that is likely understood by a majority of individuals with an undergraduate degree, and may be found in ocassionaly in news articles or other forms of literature.
We have 4 synonyms for unctuous.
groveling, ingratiating, obsequious, servile
We have 3 antonyms for unctuous.
blunt, genuine, sincere
PRONUNCIATION & SYLLABIFICATION
View up to 25 definitions of unctuous from 5 different sources, as well as parts of speech.
from The American Heritage© Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- (adjective) Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness: "the unctuous, complacent court composer who is consumed with envy and self-loathing” ( Rhoda Koenig).
- (adjective) Having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery.
- (adjective) Containing or composed of oil or fat.
- (adjective) Abundant in organic materials; soft and rich: unctuous soil.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- (adjective) Oily or greasy.
- (adjective) Rich, lush, intense, with layers of concentrated, soft, velvety flavor.
- (adjective) Profusely polite, especially unpleasantly so and insincerely earnest.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- (adjective) Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy.
- (adjective) Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.
- (adjective) Bland; suave; also, tender; fervid; ; sometimes, insincerely suave or fervid.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- (None) Of the nature of or resembling an unguent or ointment; greasy; oily; fat; soapy.
- (None) oily, or soapy feel when rubbed or touched by the fingers—a characteristic of steatite, talc, serpentine, and other magnesian minerals, due to the magnesia which they contain.
- (None) Having or characterized by unction; tending to religious fervor; especially, falsely or affectedly fervid, devotional, emotional, gushing, or the like; excessively bland or suave.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- (adjective) unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech