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anoint

[uh-noint]
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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.
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Origin of anoint

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 formsa·noint·er, nouna·noint·ment, nounre·a·noint, verb (used with object)re·a·noint·ment, nounself-an·oint·ed, adjectiveun·a·noint·ed, adjectivewell-a·noint·ed, adjective
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Examples from the Web for anointed

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  • She was good, and she had been anointed with the oil of gladness.

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    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • As recognition of my ability I was commissioned to write the book 'God's Anointed.'

  • In such a case, is the substance which is anointed the same as the colour or ointment?

    Lysis

    Plato

  • Yet must my eyes have been anointed, for others passed her by without a second glance.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • Was not the King the anointed vicegerent of God, who could not be too much honoured?


British Dictionary definitions for anointed

anoint

verb (tr)
  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
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Derived Formsanointer, nounanointment, 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 anointed

adj.

late 14c., "smeared with oil," past participle adjective from anoint (v.). Noun meaning "a consecrated one" (e.g. Lord's Anointed) is recorded from 1520s.

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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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