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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 anointed
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  • 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 Milo Hastings
  • In such a case, is the substance which is anointed the same as the colour or ointment?

    Lysis Plato
  • 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?

British Dictionary definitions for anointed

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 anointed
adj.

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.

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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