The memories of a hundred business trips came roaring back as I recalled the unctuous Cinnabon aroma that wafts through airports.
Their righteous outbursts represent an ancient and unctuous form of Kabuki theater.
It was an emotional speech, but a delightfully graceful, rather than unctuous and overblown, one.
The monk thereupon goes into a long and unctuous discourse on all the sad evils to Christendom of a conclave so prolonged.
"Good-evening, Marta," boomed the clergyman's unctuous tones.
Various specialists, who cared for the health and beauty of her body, had entered and made their unctuous exits.
The old man sat there, as solemn and unctuous as ever he had in his pew at church.
Mr. Tweedle had come to the desk and offered his hand in his usual conciliatory and unctuous manner.
A voice, which was unctuous and insinuative, emanated from the figure.
If the mare won in the coming struggle he claimed her as his own with tears of unctuous joy.
late 14c., "oily," from Old French unctueus, from Medieval Latin unctuosus "greasy," from Latin unctus "act of anointing," from past participle stem of unguere "to anoint" (see unguent).
Figurative sense of "blandly ingratiating" is first recorded 1742, perhaps in part with a literal sense, but in part a sarcastic usage from unction in the meaning "deep spiritual feeling" (1690s), such as comes from having been anointed in the rite of unction. Related: Unctuously; unctuousness.
unctuous unc·tu·ous (ŭngk'chōō-əs)
Containing or composed of oil or fat.