Definition of unctuosity in English:


Line breaks: unc¦tu|os¦ity
Pronunciation: /ʌŋktjʊˈɒsɪti


[mass noun]
  • 1The quality of being excessively flattering or ingratiating.
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    • His pitfalls have been unctuosity, on the one side, bravado on the other.
    • We monks are treated with casual unctuosity by that portion of the citizenry that is neither Indian nor drunk and with utter indifference by that larger portion that is decidedly both.
    • What did mere lack of physical beauty matter to one of his faith and denomination, to one of his social position and excessive unctuosity?
  • 2The quality of being greasy or oily.
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    • When concentrated it is of an unctuosity approaching that of oil.
    • The skin did not recover its natural smoothness and unctuosity, till after several weeks had elapsed.
    • It is glycerine rather than glucose which gives a wine that kind of smoothness which might almost be called unctuosity.


late Middle English: from medieval Latin unctuositas, formed as unctuous: see -ity.

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