from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun The act of anointing as part of a religious, ceremonial, or healing ritual.
- noun An ointment or oil; a salve.
- noun Something that serves to soothe; a balm.
- noun Affected or exaggerated earnestness, especially in choice and use of language.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun The act of anointing, smearing, or rubbing with an unguent, ointment, or oil.
- noun Especially— Anointing as a symbol of consecration, dedication, or appointment to an important office. The practice of unction in religious ceremouials existed in the Christian church at a very early day, as well as in the Jewish church, and has been continued to the present time in the Roman Catholic, Greek, and some other churches. In Christian usage it includes the unction of catechumens both before and after baptism, of candidates at confirmation, of the clergy at ordination, of the sick, of kings at their coronation, and of various articles dedicated to a sacred use. The practice is not continued in Protestant churches. See
chrism, and holy oil (under oil).
- noun Anointing for medical purposes.
- noun That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; a salve.
- noun Hence Anything that is soothing or lenitive.
- noun In speech, that quality in the words used, tone of expression, or mode of address which excites devotion, fervor, tenderness, sympathy, and the like in the hearer; especially, those qualities which induce religious fervor and tenderness.
- noun Emotional warmth; gush; specifically, simulated fervor, devotion, or sympathy; counterfeited sentiment; nauseous sentimentality.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun The act of anointing, smearing, or rubbing with an unguent, oil, or ointment, especially for medical purposes, or as a symbol of consecration.
- noun That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; hence, anything soothing or lenitive.
- noun rare Divine or sanctifying grace.
- noun That quality in language, address, or the like, which excites emotion; especially, strong devotion; religious fervor and tenderness; sometimes, a simulated, factitious, or unnatural fervor.
- noun (R. C. Ch. & Gr. Ch.), [James v. 14, 15.] the sacrament of anointing in the last hours; the application of consecrated oil by a priest to all the senses, that is, to eyes, ears, nostrils, etc., of a person when in danger of death from illness, -- done for remission of sins.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.
- noun a
- noun a
religiousor ceremonial anointing
- noun a
balmor something that soothes
- noun a
smug, exaggerateduse of language; smarminess
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun smug self-serving earnestness
- noun semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
- noun anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
- noun excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm
from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
Romish extreme unction is administered to those whose life is despaired of, to heal the soul, whereas James 'unction was to heal the body.
Christians, and so be in Him as Christ, anointed with that unction from the Holy One.
The word unction was a term of reproach, and the rich, invaluable treasure for which it stood was an offence.
As man, however, he has his fellows, and as an anointed person; but his unction is beyond all theirs.
This sacred chrism, or divine unction, is commended on these accounts: -- (1.)
The apostle encourages the disciples (to whom he writes) in these dangerous times, in this hour of seducers; he encourages them in the assurance of their stability in this day of apostasy: But you have an unction from the Holy One, and you know all things.
The unction is mentioned by Theophanes, (p. 399,) the oath by Sigonius, (from the Ordo
To help him in his outline of evangelical perfection, Ignatius received a special assistance, which Polanco and Ribadeneira call the unction of the Holy Ghost.
Again, no express mention is made of anointing with chrism; but we note that the idea of unction is commonly associated with the giving of the Holy Ghost.
Let us pray for unction, which is the marrowfat of humor, and for humility, which is the badge of manhood.