unctuousness

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

unctuous +‎ -ness

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈʌŋktʃuəsnəs/
  • Hyphenation: unc‧tu‧ous‧ness

Noun[edit]

unctuousness (uncountable)

  1. The state or characteristic of being unctuous.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby Dick, ch. 94:
      Plum-pudding is the term bestowed upon certain fragmentary parts of the whale's flesh, here and there adhering to the blanket of blubber, and often participating to a considerable degree in its unctuousness.
    • 1919, Anthony Hope, The Secret of the Tower, ch. 17:
      Only Mr. Radbolt's unctuousness—surely it would have smoothed the stormiest waves—saved the social situation.

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