\ ˈkri-zəm How to pronounce chrism (audio) \

Definition of chrism

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

Examples of chrism in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The particular chrism of Bethany Union Church of Chicago is to sponsor, promote, and offer good, wholesome and compassionate experiences, and programs that can make a difference in the lives of our community. Patti Ahern, Daily Southtown, "Math teacher planting STEM in girls' minds," 16 May 2017

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First Known Use of chrism

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for chrism

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

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“Chrism.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 Apr. 2021.

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