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: the act of anointing as a rite of consecration or healing
: something used for anointing : ointment, unguent
: religious or spiritual fervor or the expression of such fervor
: exaggerated, assumed, or superficial earnestness of language or manner : unctuousness
14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1
Middle English unccioun, from Anglo-French, from Latin unction-, unctio, from unguere to anoint — more at ointment
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: the application of a soothing or lubricating oil or ointment
: something that is used for anointing : ointment
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