un·​guent | \ ˈəŋ-gwənt How to pronounce unguent (audio) , ˈən-; ˈən-jənt How to pronounce unguent (audio) \

Definition of unguent

: a soothing or healing salve : ointment

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Recent Examples on the Web But the institutional gangrene to which Levin draws attention seems to me to go beyond what the unguents in our current chrismatories can heal. Michael Knox Beran, National Review, "Can Today’s Soulless Institutions Be Revived?," 6 Feb. 2020 The transition from handset juggernaut to invisible technological unguent was not without casualties. Natasha Frost, Quartz, "Nokia’s collapse turned a sleepy town in Finland into an internet wonderland," 29 Oct. 2019 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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The first known use of unguent was in the 15th century

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“Unguent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unguent. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of unguent

old-fashioned : 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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