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Dec 23, 2003
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Words to describe people

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sansculotte
oleaginous
rebarbative
debonair
ninnyhammer

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oleaginous

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oleaginous (o-lee-AJ-uh-nuhs) adjective

1. Containing or producing oil; relating to oil.

2. Marked by excessive and false earnestness; ingratiating.

[From Middle English, from French oleagineux, from Latin oleaginus (of the olive tree), from olea (the olive tree).]

"The memory of the food has long faded, happily, but the creepy, oleaginous waiter with the thick French accent will always endure."
Jacob Richler; Dumb Name, Fine Food: La Brasserie.ca; National Post (Canada); Apr 19, 2003.

"But it could have been Max Bialystock, oleaginous impresario wheedling cash from besotted widows and trying to bilk investors in the hit New York musical 'The Producers'."
Warren Hoge; A Bialystock Made to Order; The New York Times; Feb 8, 2002.

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