holy unction

noun, often capitalized H&U

Definition of holy unction

: a ceremonial in Eastern Orthodox and various Catholic non-Roman churches of anointing with oil the dead or those in imminent danger of dying

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History and Etymology for holy unction

Middle English hooly unctioun

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“Holy unction.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/holy%20unction. Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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