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

Examples of unguent in a Sentence

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, 6 Feb. 2020 The transition from handset juggernaut to invisible technological unguent was not without casualties. Natasha Frost, Quartz, 29 Oct. 2019 It should be noted that this soothing unguent is under some fire. Ross Kenneth Urken, Town & Country, 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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“Unguent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/unguent. Accessed 25 Jun. 2022.

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un·​guent | \ ˈəŋ-gwənt also ˈən-jənt \

Medical Definition of unguent

: a soothing or healing salve : ointment

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