unctuousness :

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  • n  smug self-serving earnestness

  • With butlerian unctuousness, Cronin declares that the expos is for him "a painful task" but necessary to preserve the "dignity of the royal family and my own reputation.
  • Reitman, whose decidedly unfunny unctuousness ("You make audiences laugh all day, all over the world.
  • In Washington chief Disney lobbyist Preston Padden was serving up unctuousness by the ladle.
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  • How Narcissa Pastry Chef Deborah Racicot Created Her Citrus Fruit Salad
    When pastry chef Deborah Racicot started developing her dessert menu at Narcissa , she began testing fruit salads, and knew that working with what’s in season would prove far superior to the obligatory medley. Her boss, chef John Fraser, suggested citrus, and Racicot countered with tapioca, which, she says, “gives it dimension and unctuousness.” It also makes for a superlight dessert that ...
    March 26, 2014 - New York Magazine

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