[ kriz-uh m ]
/ ˈkrɪz əm /


a consecrated oil, usually mixed with balsam or balsam and spices, used by certainchurches in various rites, as in baptism, confirmation, and the like.
Also chrisom.

Origin of chrism

before 900; learned respelling of Middle English crisme, Old English crisma < Latin chrīsma < Greek chrîsma unguent, unction
Related formschris·mal, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for chrism



/ (ˈkrɪzəm) /


a mixture of olive oil and balsam used for sacramental anointing in the Greek Orthodox and Roman Catholic Churches
Derived Formschrismal (ˈkrɪzməl), adjective

Word Origin for chrism

Old English crisma, from Medieval Latin, from Greek khrisma unction, from khriein to anoint
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Word Origin and History for chrism



"oil mingled with balm," Old English chrisma, from Church Latin chrisma, from Greek khrisma "an unguent, anointing, unction," from khriein "to anoint," from PIE root *ghrei- "to rub" (cf. Lithuanian griejù "to skim the cream off"). Chrisom "baptismal robe," is a c.1200 variant of this. Related: Chrismal; chrismatory.

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