- 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 anointment
As the prayer ceased, came the symbolical rite of anointment.Harold, Complete
The anointment of the body with oils was one of the characteristics of a Roman bath.History of Sanitation
John Joseph Cosgrove
I think it a neglected art, degraded to the function of anointment.Visionaries
The ceremony of a royal coronation and anointment was not in those days regarded as a mere costly formality.
These difficulties thus removed, the anointment of Henry IV.A Popular History of France From The Earliest Times
Francois Pierre Guillaume Guizot
- 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 anointment
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.