un·​guent | \ˈəŋ-gwənt, ˈən-;ˈən-jənt \

Definition of unguent 

: a soothing or healing salve : ointment

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Why drop $$ on creams and unguents when you can just get laid? Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "5 *Scientific* Reasons to Have More Sex," 1 Sep. 2017 It should be noted that this soothing unguent is under some fire. Ross Kenneth Urken, Town & Country, "A Love Letter to Pinaud Clubman Talcum Powder," 26 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of unguent

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for unguent

Middle English, from Anglo-French, from Latin unguentum — more at ointment

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English Language Learners Definition of unguent

: an oily substance that is put on the skin or a wound


un·​guent | \ˈəŋ-gwənt also ˈən-jənt\

Medical Definition of unguent 

: a soothing or healing salve : ointment

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to clear from alleged fault or guilt

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