- 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 self-anointed
Inside, sporting a set of braids that would make Katniss Everdeen green with jealousy, is the self-anointed “queen bee,” Lorde.Watch Lorde’s Magical New Music Video For Her Song “Team”
December 3, 2013
And then there is RocketHub, the self-anointed clearinghouse for “creative underdogs” that utilizes a virtual currency.How Crowdfunding Can Get You Money Online
January 20, 2011
They often irritate the self-anointed because their pasts are not pedigreed.The Tea Party Is Smarter Than You Think
September 17, 2010
How many examples does it take to show the threat is far more virulent than the self-anointed spokesmen at CAIR and MPAC claim?America’s Homegrown Terrorists
May 22, 2009
The self-anointed club of countries that have run the world for sixty years are facing a new economic order.How The G7 Lost Its Mojo
October 23, 2008
- 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 self-anointed
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.