Unctuous [uhngk-choo-uh s]
The word is an adjective, i.e., it adds more information about the noun.
The word is an adjective, therefore, it doesn’t have a past form.
1. Very oily or slippery
2. To use flattery to please someone or gain a favour
1. “Good-evening, Marta,” boomed the clergyman’s unctuous tones.
2. All this came out of her like an unctuous trickle of some acrid oil.
Some synonyms of the word are:
sycophantic, smooth, fawning, servile, grovelling, ingratiating, obsequious, cringing, weeding, flattering, buttering, hypocritical, smarmy, oleaginous, buttery, fulsome, slick, insincere, fatty, adipose, suave, glib, canting, pinguid, adulatory, pharisaic etc.
Some antonyms of the word are:
blunt, genuine, sincere, no-nonsense, heartfelt, artless, true, ingenious, unfeigned etc.
A great fig should look like it’s just about to burst its skin. When squeezed lightly it should give a little and not spring back. It must be almost unctuously sweet, soft and wet.Yotam Ottolenghi
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