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Apr 26, 2016
This week’s theme
Words to describe people

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truculent
unctuous
irresolute
veracious
doughty

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unctuous

PRONUNCIATION:
(UNGK-choo-uhs)

MEANING:
adjective: Displaying insincere earnestness or piousness; oily.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Latin unctum (ointment), from unguere (to anoint). Earliest documented use: 1387.

USAGE:
“Personally he is sleek and unctuous, is always found among the godly.”
Clifton Rodman Woolridge; Twenty Years a Detective in the Wickedest City in the World; Library of Alexandria; 2015.

See more usage examples of unctuous in Vocabulary.com’s dictionary.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
A new word is like a fresh seed sown on the ground of the discussion. -Ludwig Wittgenstein, philosopher (26 Apr 1889-1951)

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