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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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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 for anoint

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 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.

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