- 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.
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Origin of unction
OTHER WORDS FROM unctionunc·tion·less, adjective
Words nearby unction
Example sentences 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