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Anointing vs. Unction

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Anointingnoun

anointment

‘the anointings of Jesus’;

Unctionnoun

A salve or ointment.

Anointingnoun

the act of applying oil or an oily liquid

Unctionnoun

A religious or ceremonial anointing.

Anointing

Anointing is the ritual act of pouring aromatic oil over a person's head or entire body.By extension, the term is also applied to related acts of sprinkling, dousing, or smearing a person or object with any perfumed oil, milk, butter, or other fat. Scented oils are used as perfumes and sharing them is an act of hospitality.

Unctionnoun

A balm or something that soothes.

Unctionnoun

A quality in language, address or delivery which expresses sober and fervent emotion.

Unctionnoun

A smug, exaggerated use of language; smarminess.

Unctionnoun

Divine or sanctifying grace.

Unctionnoun

The act of anointing, smearing, or rubbing with an unguent, oil, or ointment, especially for medical purposes, or as a symbol of consecration; as, mercurial unction.

‘To be heir, and to be kingBy sacred unction, thy deserved right.’;

Unctionnoun

That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; hence, anything soothing or lenitive.

‘The king himself the sacred unction made.’; ‘Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.’;

Unctionnoun

Divine or sanctifying grace.

Unctionnoun

That quality in language, address, or the like, which excites emotion; especially, strong devotion; religious fervor and tenderness; sometimes, a simulated, factitious, or unnatural fervor.

‘The delightful equivoque and unction of the passage in Farquhar.’; ‘The mention of thy gloryIs unction to the breast.’;

Unctionnoun

excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm

Unctionnoun

smug self-serving earnestness

Unctionnoun

semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation

Unctionnoun

anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual

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