American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To apply oil, ointment, or a similar substance to.
- v. To put oil on during a religious ceremony as a sign of sanctification or consecration.
- v. To choose by or as if by divine intervention.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To pour oil upon; smear or rub over with oil or any unctuous substance; hence, to smear with any liquid.
- To consecrate, especially a king, priest, or prophet, by unction, or the use of oil.
- To serve as an ointment for; lubricate.
- Obsolete past participle of anoint.
- v. transitive To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.
- v. transitive To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To smear or rub over with oil or an unctuous substance; also, to spread over, as oil.
- v. To apply oil to or to pour oil upon, etc., as a sacred rite, especially for consecration.
- obsolete Anointed.
- v. administer an oil or ointment to ; often in a religious ceremony of blessing
- v. choose by or as if by divine intervention
- Old French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inungere, in + ungere or unguere ("to smear", "to anoint"). See ointment, unguent. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English enointen, from Old French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inunguere, inūnct- : in-, on; see in-2 + unguere, to smear. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“When God says anoint with oil, _anoint_, I don't care if it runs down his beard as it ran down Aaron's.”
“ For the Spirit designates both [of them] by the name, of God -- both Him who is anointed as Son, and Him who does anoint, that is, the Father.”
“Fehr was the hero of the Winter Classic, scoring two goals to help boost the Capitals over the rival Penguins, but even after that success, Coach Bruce Boudreau stressed to not "anoint" the right wing for one solid performance.”
“During the late 1990's, Haggard's church sent a team to Africa to 'anoint', or spray down with cooking oil, entire cities in Mali such as Timbuktu in an effort to ward off demon infestations.”
“To give the seal of confirmation to the prophet and his vision by the fulfilment. anoint the Most Holy -- primarily, to "anoint," or to consecrate after its pollution "the Most Holy" place but mainly Messiah, the antitype to the Most Holy place (Joh 2: 19-22).”
“There's this insatiable desire to know more about these people who we kind of anoint as having perfect lives, and what could be more perfect than winning an Oscar," she said.”
“The word translated "anoint" literally means "to oil" something, and was ceremonial word used of pouring oil on someone who was being "anointed" for a specific purpose.”
“There's this insatiable desire to know more about these people who we kind of anoint as having perfect lives, and what could be more perfect than winning an Oscar?" she said.”
“Hogan said he plans to speak with possible successors in the fairly solid Republican district, but that it's not his place to "anoint" someone.”
“The youth leader used a bottle of hotel shampoo to "anoint" his father, and tried to persuade his father to confess specific sins, Ehrman says.”
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