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extreme unction

[ek-streem, ik-streem] /ˈɛk strim, ɪkˈstrim/
noun, Roman Catholic Church.
Origin of extreme unction
First recorded in 1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • She awaited the extreme unction, and now God alone could save her.

    The Dream Emile Zola
  • If a patient seemed likely to die, extreme unction was administered.

  • A priest gave him extreme unction, but consciousness did not return.

  • The celibacy of the clergy and the rite of extreme unction are also very unpopular.

    The Gist of Japan R. B. Peery
  • It was interesting to see him administer the extreme unction to a dying man.

  • Ernest Dowson's most beautiful verses are on the extreme unction.

  • They also asked for further explanations in regard to extreme unction.

    The Life of Philip Melanchthon Karl Friedrich Ledderhose
  • When it was concluded, and extreme unction had been administered, the friar withdrew.

    The Mysteries of Udolpho Ann Radcliffe
  • The old man, he says, joined the sacraments of marriage and extreme unction.

    Alexander Pope Leslie Stephen
  • "Little need had ye of a praist, and extreme unction," he said.

    Wyandotte James Fenimore Cooper
British Dictionary definitions for extreme unction

extreme unction

(RC Church) a former name for anointing of the sick
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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