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unctuous (UNGK-choo-uhs) adjective

1. Characterized by affected, exaggerated, or insincere earnestness.

2. Having the quality or characteristics of oil or ointment; slippery.

3. Containing or composed of oil or fat.

4. Abundant in organic materials; soft and rich.

[Middle English, from Old French unctueus, from Medieval Latin unctuosus, from Latin unctum, ointment, from neuter past participle of unguere, to anoint.]

"Through a chemical elixir, he unleashes his "better" Mr. Hyde side, a slick and unctuous egotist named Buddy Love, who dazzles the ladies with smooth patter, a suave singing style and a hair-style oozing petroleum products." Dan Craft, The Nutty Professor (review), The Bloomington Pantagraph, 21 Jan 2000.

This week's theme: words not to put on a resume.


Because the heart beats under a covering of hair, of fur, feathers, or wings, is it, for that reason, to be of no account? -Jean Paul Richter, German Writer (1763-1825)

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