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A.Word.A.Day--smarmy

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smarmy (SMAR-mee) adjective

1. Hypocritically, complacently, or effusively earnest; unctuous.

2. Sleek.

[From smarm, to smear.]

"But `weasel' lives on as a synonym for that subspecies of Hollywood gentry, the entertainment industry executive, conjuring up a whole host of smarmy tassel-shoe traits." Richard Conniff, You can call him `cute' or you can call him `hungry', Smithsonian, Feb 1997.

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The artist must raise the cup of his vision aloft to the gods in the high hope that they will pour into it the sweet mellow wine of inspiration. -Paul Brunton


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