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common variant of unctuous c.1600-1725.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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  • For a while there lingered about him the air of unctious submission that had revolted Anna.

    Erik Dorn

    Ben Hecht
  • It is this sordid cause and the unctious hypocrisy which makes this crime unparalleled in its horror.

    The Crime of the Congo Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Anderson had not asked him to do it, and felt a dull resentment of the man's officiousness, and the unctious length of his prayer.

    Lady Merton, Colonist Mrs. Humphry Ward
  • She had half closed her eyes, and her lips gave an unctious little relish to the words.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • It is an unctious, sticky deposit, and only requires pressure to knead it into a tenacious clay.

    The Chautauquan, Vol. III, January 1883 The Chautauquan Literary and Scientific Circle

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