The state or characteristic of being unctuous.

Plum-pudding is the term bestowed upon certain fragmentary parts of the whales flesh, here and there adhering to the blanket of blubber, and often participating to a considerable degree in its unctuousness.

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  • Unctuousness — (Roget s Thesaurus) < N PARAG:Unctuousness >N GRP: N 1 Sgm: N 1 unctuousness unctuousness &c. >Adj. Sgm: N 1 unctuosity unctuosity lubricity Sgm: N 1 ointment ointment &c.(oil) 356 Sgm: N 1 anointment anointment Sgm: N …   English dictionary for students

  • unctuousness — unctuous ► ADJECTIVE ▪ excessively flattering or ingratiating. DERIVATIVES unctuously adverb unctuousness noun …   English terms dictionary

  • Unctuousness — Unctuous Unc tu*ous (?; 135), a. [F. onctueux, LL. unctuosus, fr. L. unctus anointment, fr. ungere, unctum, to anoint. See {Unguent}.] 1. Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy. The unctuous cheese. Longfellow.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • unctuousness — noun see unctuous …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • unctuousness — See unctuously. * * * …   Universalium

  • unctuousness — n. quality of being unctuous; sleekness, smoothness, slickness …   English contemporary dictionary

  • unctuousness — n. 1. Oiliness, greasiness, fatness, unctuosity, fattiness. 2. Oiliness, smoothness, fulsomeness …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • unctuousness — unc·tu·ous·ness …   English syllables

  • unctuousness — See: unctuous …   English dictionary

  • unctuousness — noun smug self serving earnestness • Syn: ↑fulsomeness, ↑oiliness, ↑oleaginousness, ↑smarminess, ↑unction • Derivationally related forms: ↑unctuous, ↑smarmy ( …   Useful english dictionary

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