- the oil used in religious rites, as in anointing the sick or dying.
- the shedding of a divine or spiritual influence upon a person.
- the influence shed.
- extreme unction.
Words nearby unction
Origin of unction
OTHER WORDS FROM unctionunc·tion·less, adjective
Examples from the Web for unction
The Bishop had spoken the Latin service impressively and with unction.Robin Hood|Paul Creswick
The tabernacle, as soon as it was completed, was consecrated to God by the unction of oil.The Principles of Masonic Law|Albert G. Mackey
After the unction there is incense burnt, which signifieth the devotion of prayer.Churches and Church Ornaments|William Durandus
He obeyed with unction and with gestures like lightning as it flashes across a night sky.Everyman's Land|C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
For the third time he laughed to himself with depth and unction.The Eyes of the Woods|Joseph A. Altsheler