(a.) Of the nature or quality of an unguent or ointment; fatty; oily; greasy.
(a.) Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.
(a.) Bland; suave; also, tender; fervid; as, an unctuous speech; sometimes, insincerely suave or fervid.
(1) Early opportunities to indulge his skill for making unctuousness compelling came in the roles of a school snitch in the Al Pacino vehicle Scent of a Woman (1992), for which Hoffman auditioned five times.
(2) Trump, when asked last December which president he most admires, did not pay the usual unctuous tribute to Lincoln, Kennedy or Reagan, but said that his role model was James Marshall.
(3) Already irritated with Speaker John Bercow for being long-winded, unctuous and perceptibly anti-Conservative in the House of Commons, the idea that his Labour-supporting wife would go on the programme's Channel 5 reincarnation had been a red rag to the proverbial.
(4) Disease, birth-defects and chronic illnesses are all part and parcel of an unregulated industry that operates outside the range of global media but with the full complicity of the Nigerian government that wants nothing whatsoever to upset its unctuous cash-cow.
(5) That your jaw is wired open, and you're being spoonfed thick, unctuous vomit from a large tureen forged from glimmering, gilded rubbish.
(6) These things are driven by rolling, unctuous television telling people a great event is unfolding, focusing on the few hysterics in tears and not the many who come to feel their pain.
(7) Just as he had (arguably) revolutionised TV satire, making it threatening to, rather than complicit with, the establishment, here he was changing the nature of the TV interview: unctuous deference was out; aggression and scepticism were in.
(8) But there's no doubt who left amid the biggest slurp of unctuous adulation.
(9) Listening to the voluptuous precision with which he articulated his dream of feasting "on the swelling, unctuous paps of a fat, pregnant sow", it was good to be reminded of the matchless clarity of the Richardson voice which remains one of the great treasures of my theatre-going lifetime.
(10) Despite the ongoing threat to national sanity posed by The X Factor, such pop is no longer the embarrassing province of the unctuous boyband, or pitched strictly at the tweenage market.
(11) This dish is the opposite of all those things: sinfully rich, full of butter, served with unctuous roasting juices on top.
(12) So, the trick is either to catch the meat before the muscle cells burst, or leave it in the oven for ages until everything reaches an unctuous softness.
(13) History’s first overtly gay Disney character, it turns out, is LeFou, unctuous manservant to preening, hyper-macho villain Gaston – an underling who, in Condon’s words, “on one day wants to be Gaston and on another day wants to kiss Gaston”.
(14) This is said often, even in this unctuous week - and yet still it does not permeate.
(15) Pointlessly suffixed to a retweet to indicate earnest accord, "<THIS" is really nothing but an unctuous tagnut.
(16) The pintxos are chalked up on a board and cooked to order: an unctuous risotto of mushrooms and idiazabal (a Basque cheese), garlic soup with pig's ear, braised veal cheeks in wine or a bacalao (salt cod) taco.
(17) But the haphazard canals criss-crossing it were still full of thick, unctuous water with a rainbow film on top, and white paint on the birch tree trunks could not cover the black trace of oil, Greenpeace says.
(18) We may be sure that the MP for Clacton has never trimmed his views for political advantage; nor has he begun a question with the unctuous phrase “May I congratulate my right honourable friend…” I know from experience that the role of an independent MP comes with its disadvantages.
(19) The always-packed tapas bar Casa Revuelta dishes up the city’s pre-eminent pinchos de bacalao – piping-hot, fist-size nuggets of flaky, unctuous cod (€2.80).
(20) Despite unctuous protests about good taste, there is an audience for this fight, a considerably bigger one than there had been before they came to blows in front of the cameras and some distance from a referee.
(n.) A lubricant or salve for sores, burns, or the like; an ointment.
(1) It is found that local applications of the unguent with soluble collagen, but not solution of the collagen, stimulate healing of erosions and full-thickness excision wounds in the rat skin.
(2) The treatment recommended in a 5-percent suspension or unguent of pimaricin (natamycin).
(3) Underneath the Great Hall was once an “elaboratory”, where apothecaries concocted their unguents, vomit cakes and elixirs.
(4) From the viewpoint of the technics of application and considering the cost too, the unguent is more favourable.
(5) He survived on the pittance he earned from working as a traditional "African doctor" but his unguents could not protect his daughter from the hidden hunger that threatens the lives of five million people in Malawi .