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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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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 anointment

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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