consecrated or made sacred; dedicated to God, often in a ceremony that includes dabbing or sprinkling with holy oil: In the Bible, the anointed High Priest was chosen from among the descendants of Aaron.From the highest patriarch to the youngest baptized and anointed infant, communion was received by all at the Orthodox church.
chosen by or as if by divine authority; chosen for a sacred, high, or special vocation or purpose: Stalin left no anointed successor, nor any framework for the orderly transfer of power.
Christianity. empowered or made effective for God’s purposes by the special activity of the Holy Spirit: This is one of the most anointed websites I’ve ever visited—I was so encouraged by the devotional there.
rubbed or sprinkled with oil, ointment, or other oil-based mixture: Pausing in the kitchen with the turkey, I heard ripples of anticipation as guests awaited the anointed bird and its accouterments.
sprinkled or smeared with any liquid (often used in combination): The Pilsner on tap was a lovely light beer that paired nicely with lemon-juice-anointed oysters.
Often A·noint·ed . the person or people chosen or declared chosen by God: David kept Abishai from killing King Saul, because it would be wicked to attack the Lord's anointed.
the simple past tense and past participle of anoint.
- self-a·noint·ed, adjective
- un·a·noint·ed, adjective
- well-a·noint·ed, adjective
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How to use anointed in a sentence
In 2015, Aetna’s Bertolini anointed her as his successor following a two-person race with an internal candidate.Meet the new highest-ranking female CEO in the Fortune 500 | Shawn Tully | November 7, 2020 | Fortune
This past summer, Colleen LaRose, known by her self-anointed handle ‘Jihad Jane’, was sentenced to ten years in prison.What the U.S. Can Learn from Europe About Dealing with Terrorists | Scott Beauchamp | December 15, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
It won him over, and in 1981, he succeeded Stanley, and rebranded it “ATLAH,” which stands for "All the Land anointed Holy."
The Prophet Elisha, who allegedly built the synagogue, was said to have anointed King Hazael on its steps, now gone.Exclusive Photos: Syria’s Oldest Synagogue, Destroyed by Assad | Josh Rogin | May 27, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
Now she is being touted as the anointed successor in his political empire, too.Could Silvio Berlusconi’s Daughter Take Over Italy, Too? | Barbie Latza Nadeau | May 10, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
For this raid, Mavrokordato anointed him, rather ridiculously, Archistrategos or commander-in-chief of Western Greece.Poet and Rake, Lord Byron Was Also an Interventionist With Brains and Savvy | Michael Weiss | February 16, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
And I washed thee with water, and cleansed away thy blood from thee: and I anointed thee with oil.The Bible, Douay-Rheims Version | Various
Welty had been taken in the night before, his bruises had been anointed, and he had been provisioned for the journey.
Bring forward, O strongly-anointed priests, your libations to the strong host of the Maruts, the strongly advancing.Sacred Books of the East | Various
But that night God anointed me for street preaching and for work in slums, dives and saloons.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love | Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton
And shouts of praise went up to God all over that ground, for He especially anointed me to sing that hymn.Prisons and Prayer: Or a Labor of Love | Elizabeth Ryder Wheaton