from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The process of applying and rubbing in an ointment.
  • n. The act of anointing, as in a religious ceremony.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The anointing or rubbing in of oil or balm.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The act of anointing, or the state of being anointed; unction; specifically (Med.), the rubbing of ointments into the pores of the skin, by which medicinal agents contained in them, such as mercury, iodide of potash, etc., are absorbed.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. The action of anointing; unction; in medicine, the act of rubbing in an ointment or a liniment.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual


Middle English, anointing, from Latin inūnctiō, inūnctiōn-, from inūnctus, past participle of inunguere, to anoint : in-, on; see in-2 + unguere, to smear.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Latin inunctio, from inunctus, past participle of inungo ("anoint"), from in- + ungo ("anoint") (Wiktionary)



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