- to rub or sprinkle on; apply an unguent, ointment, or oily liquid to.
- to smear with any liquid.
- to consecrate or make sacred in a ceremony that includes the token applying of oil: He anointed the new high priest.
- to dedicate to the service of God.
Origin of anoint
Examples from the Web for anoint
Father Huber pulled the white sheet down so he could anoint the forehead of John Fitzgerald Kennedy.Jimmy Breslin on JFK’s Assassination: Two Classic Columns
November 22, 2013
Could it be that by giving him St. Peter in Chains Benedict meant to anoint him?Donald Wuerl: America’s Candidate for Pope?
March 10, 2013
The Republicans tend to anoint the next in line, and this time there is no heir apparent.The GOP's 2012 Fantasies
December 26, 2010
We privately see ourselves as queenly beings who get to decide which of our subjects to anoint with a knighthood.Hands Off My Call Girl!
February 25, 2010
They were about to anoint Charlie Wilson as one of their own.Charlie Wilson's CIA Adventures
February 11, 2010
Anoint me with the chrism of spontaneity that I may be ever worthy of thee.The Book of Khalid
Let us learn to anoint our friends beforehand for their burial.Dollars and Sense
Col. Wm. C. Hunter
So be it, but I tell you that I will tear your city stone from stone, and anoint its ruins with your blood.Elissa
H. Rider Haggard
To strengthen the hair: "Anoint it with the tooth of a donkey crushed in honey."
They anoint the corpse with warm water and balsam, and it comes to life.Studies on the Legend of the Holy Grail
- to smear or rub over with oil or an oily liquid
- to apply oil to as a sign of consecration or sanctification in a sacred rite
Word Origin and History for anoint
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.