Definition of oleaginous in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌəʊlɪˈadʒɪnəs/


1Rich in, covered with, or producing oil; oily: fabrics would quickly become filthy in this oleaginous kingdom
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  • And who can forget those 60s ads where merry bands of nymphomaniacs roamed the streets seeking the tell-tale oleaginous glint of a man who had just applied Brylcreem - ‘Use more only if you dare!’
  • The egg was like no egg I have ever seen: it had the appearance of a oleaginous floppy styrofoam sheet folded twice over into a perfect square.
  • In the space of a few short months, humanity has roused itself from the recurring nightmare of history - of bulldozer violence forever powered by oleaginous lies - and has flung open the curtains to let in the light.
2Exaggeratedly and distastefully complimentary; obsequious: candidates made oleaginous speeches praising government policies
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  • ‘My dears,’ he crooned, in a soft, oleaginous tone, ‘I want you to come with me tomorrow on an ocean adventure.’
  • It is fitting that the oleaginous politicians who so wrapped themselves in the expected glory of this purposeless structure have seen their carefully crafted images begin to fade as quickly as their Dome's delights.
  • Unsurprisingly, our oleaginous Prime Minister, after striving to weaken protection for British workers on his last Euro-adventure, is in the vanguard of this movement.


Late Middle English: from French oléagineux, from Latin oleaginus 'of the olive tree', from oleum 'oil'.

Words that rhyme with oleaginous

cartilaginous, farraginous

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