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 for unctuous
From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 :

  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.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     2. Having a smooth, greasy feel, as certain minerals.
        [1913 Webster]
  
     3. Bland; suave; also, tender; fervid; as, an unctuous
        speech; sometimes, insincerely suave or fervid.
        [1913 Webster] -- Unc"tu*ous*ly, adv. --
        Unc"tu*ous*ness, n.
        [1913 Webster]

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) :

  unctuous
      adj 1: unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in
             manner or speech; "buttery praise"; "gave him a fulsome
             introduction"; "an oily sycophantic press agent";
             "oleaginous hypocrisy"; "smarmy self-importance"; "the
             unctuous Uriah Heep"; "soapy compliments" [syn:
             buttery, fulsome, oily, oleaginous, smarmy,
             soapy, unctuous]

From Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0 :

  84 Moby Thesaurus words for "unctuous":
     Pecksniffian, Tartuffian, Tartuffish, adipose, adulatory, affected,
     bland, blandishing, blarneying, blubbery, buttery, butyraceous,
     cajoling, canting, chrismal, chrismatory, complimentary,
     courtierly, courtly, disarming, fair-spoken, false, fat, fatty,
     fawning, fine-spoken, flattering, fulsome, glib, goody,
     goody-goody, greasy, gushing, holier-than-thou, honey-mouthed,
     honey-tongued, honeyed, hypocritic, hypocritical, ingratiating,
     insincere, insinuating, lardaceous, lardy, mealymouthed, mucoid,
     obsequious, oily, oily-tongued, oleaginous, oleic, pharisaic,
     pharisean, pietistic, pious, rich, sanctified, sanctimonious,
     sebaceous, self-righteous, simon-pure, sleek, slick, slimy,
     slippery, slobbery, smarmy, smooth, smooth-spoken, smooth-tongued,
     smug, sniveling, soapy, soft-soaping, soft-spoken, suave,
     suave-spoken, suety, sycophantic, tallowy, unguent, unguentary,
     unguentous, wheedling
  
  

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