• IPA: /ˈʌnktʃuəs/


  1. (of a liquid or substance) Oily or greasy.
  2. (of a wine, coffee, sauce, gravy etc.) Rich, lush, intense, with layers of concentrated, soft, velvety flavor.
  3. (by extension, of a person) Profusely polite, especially unpleasantly so and insincerely earnest.
    • 1857, Anthony Trollope, Barchester Towers, Volume the Second, page 14 ISBN 1857150570
      Then he thoroughly disliked the tone of Mr. Slope's letter; it was unctuous, false, and unwholesome, like the man.
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