He knew his fellow-creatures better than most men; knew that inner life which so seldom unfolds itself to unanointed eyes.
The Bruce is but in name a king, uncrowned as yet and unanointed.
Who will ever again come into eminent office, unanointed with this chrism?
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.