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noun unc·tion \ˈəŋ(k)-shən\

Definition of unction

  1. 1 :  the act of anointing as a rite of consecration or healing

  2. 2 :  something used for anointing :  ointment, unguent

  3. 3 a :  religious or spiritual fervor or the expression of such fervor b :  exaggerated, assumed, or superficial earnestness of language or manner :  unctuousness



Origin of unction

Middle English unccioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin unction-, unctio, from unguere to anoint — more at ointment


First Known Use: 14th century

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unction

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noun unc·tion \ˈəŋ(k)-shən\

Medical Definition of unction

  1. 1:  the application of a soothing or lubricating oil or ointment

  2. 2:  something that is used for anointing :  ointment




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