- to rub or sprinkle on; apply an unguent, ointment, or oily liquid to.
- to smear with any liquid.
- to consecrate or make sacred in a ceremony that includes the token applying of oil: He anointed the new high priest.
- to dedicate to the service of God.
Origin of anoint
Examples from the Web for anointed
The Prophet Elisha, who allegedly built the synagogue, was said to have anointed King Hazael on its steps, now gone.Exclusive Photos: Syria’s Oldest Synagogue, Destroyed by Assad
May 27, 2014
Now she is being touted as the anointed successor in his political empire, too.Could Silvio Berlusconi’s Daughter Take Over Italy, Too?
Barbie Latza Nadeau
May 10, 2014
For this raid, Mavrokordato anointed him, rather ridiculously, Archistrategos or commander-in-chief of Western Greece.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy
February 16, 2014
But after Larson had anointed my forehead with holy oil—on the screen, anyway—the tone of our conversation shifted dramatically.My $295 Skype Exorcism
February 6, 2014
The hairstylist will be anointed as a Member of the British Empire by the Queen at a ceremony inside Buckingham Palace.God Save the Comb Over: David Cameron Rewards His Hairdresser with a National Honor
January 7, 2014
She was good, and she had been anointed with the oil of gladness.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
As recognition of my ability I was commissioned to write the book 'God's Anointed.'City of Endless Night
In such a case, is the substance which is anointed the same as the colour or ointment?Lysis
Yet must my eyes have been anointed, for others passed her by without a second glance.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
Was not the King the anointed vicegerent of God, who could not be too much honoured?A History of French Literature
- to smear or rub over with oil or an oily liquid
- to apply oil to as a sign of consecration or sanctification in a sacred rite
Word Origin and History for anointed
late 14c., "smeared with oil," past participle adjective from anoint (v.). Noun meaning "a consecrated one" (e.g. Lord's Anointed) is recorded from 1520s.
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.