If your archenemy remarks on your oleaginous skin, she's not giving you a compliment. She's calling you oily-faced.

You can impress your friends by commenting on how disgustingly oleaginous your pizza is, or despair over the oleaginous state of an ocean bay after an oil spill. Either way, you're using a fancy word for greasy or oily. And if you run into a particularly slick car salesman, you can describe him as oleaginous too. The adjective oleaginous comes from the Latin root oleaginus, "of the olive."

Definitions of oleaginous
  1. adjective
    containing an unusual amount of grease or oil
    oleaginous seeds”
    synonyms: greasy, oily, sebaceous, unctuous
    fat, fatty
    containing or composed of fat
  2. adjective
    unpleasantly and excessively suave or ingratiating in manner or speech
    oleaginous hypocrisy”
    synonyms: buttery, fulsome, oily, smarmy, soapy, unctuous
    lacking sincerity
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