unction

noun
unc·tion | \ ˈəŋ(k)-shən \

Definition of unction 

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

2 : something used for anointing : ointment, unguent

3a : religious or spiritual fervor or the expression of such fervor

b : exaggerated, assumed, or superficial earnestness of language or manner : unctuousness

First Known Use of unction

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for unction

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

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unction

noun
unc·tion | \ ˈəŋ(k)-shən \

Medical Definition of unction 

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

2 : something that is used for anointing : ointment

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