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anoint

[uh-noint] /əˈnɔɪnt/
verb (used with object)
1.
to rub or sprinkle on; apply an unguent, ointment, or oily liquid to.
2.
to smear with any liquid.
3.
to consecrate or make sacred in a ceremony that includes the token applying of oil:
He anointed the new high priest.
4.
to dedicate to the service of God.
Origin of anoint
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English anoynten, derivative of anoynt, enoynt (past participle) < Old French enoint < Latin inūnctus anointed (past participle of inungere), equivalent to in- in-2 + ung- smear with oil + -tus past participle suffix
Related forms
anointer, noun
anointment, noun
reanoint, verb (used with object)
reanointment, noun
self-anointed, adjective
unanointed, adjective
well-anointed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anoint
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  • anoint me with the chrism of spontaneity that I may be ever worthy of thee.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • Let us learn to anoint our friends beforehand for their burial.

    Dollars and Sense Col. Wm. C. Hunter
  • So be it, but I tell you that I will tear your city stone from stone, and anoint its ruins with your blood.

    Elissa H. Rider Haggard
  • To strengthen the hair: "anoint it with the tooth of a donkey crushed in honey."

  • They anoint the corpse with warm water and balsam, and it comes to life.

British Dictionary definitions for anoint

anoint

/əˈnɔɪnt/
verb (transitive)
1.
to smear or rub over with oil or an oily liquid
2.
to apply oil to as a sign of consecration or sanctification in a sacred rite
Derived Forms
anointer, noun
anointment, noun
Word Origin
C14: from Old French enoint, from enoindre, from Latin inunguere, from in-² + unguere to smear with oil
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Word Origin and History for anoint
v.

c.1300 (implied in anointing), from Old French enoint "smeared on," past participle of enoindre "smear on," from Latin inunguere "to anoint," from in- "on" + unguere "to smear" (see unguent). Originally in reference to grease or oil smeared on for medicinal purposes; its use in the Coverdale Bible in reference to Christ (cf. The Lord's Anointed, see chrism) has spiritualized the word. Related: Anointed; anointing.

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