chrism

noun \ ˈkri-zəm \

Definition of chrism

: consecrated oil used in Greek and Latin churches especially in baptism, chrismation, confirmation, and ordination

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Origin and Etymology of chrism

Middle English crisme, from Old English crisma, from Late Latin chrisma, from Greek, ointment, from chriein to anoint


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