- an act of anointing, especially as a medical treatment or religious rite.
- an unguent or ointment; salve.
- something soothing or comforting.
- an excessive, affected, sometimes cloying earnestness or fervor in manner, especially in speaking.
- the oil used in religious rites, as in anointing the sick or dying.
- the shedding of a divine or spiritual influence upon a person.
- the influence shed.
- extreme unction.
- the manifestation of spiritual or religious inspiration.
Origin of unction
Examples from the Web for unction
Mr Pancks answered, with an unction which there is no language to convey, 'We rather think so.'Little Dorrit
Juve pronounced these words with unction, in a solemn voice.A Nest of Spies
If she should be able, after receiving absolution and the unction, she—she may see you, monsignor.The Genius
Margaret Horton Potter
The others found an unction in my words, and that they operated in them what I said.The Autobiography of Madame Guyon
Jeanne Marie Bouvier de La Motte Guyon
"Well, you boys listen to this," and the postmaster read the item with unction.The Rainy Day Railroad War
- mainly RC Church Eastern Churches the act of anointing with oil in sacramental ceremonies, in the conferring of holy orders
- excessive suavity or affected charm
- an ointment or unguent
- anything soothing or comforting
Word Origin and History for unction
late 14c., "act of anointing as a religious rite," from Latin unctionem (nominative unctio) "anointing," from unctus, past participle of ungere "to anoint" (see unguent).
- The action of applying or rubbing with an ointment or oil.