unction

[ uhngk-shuh n ]
/ ˈʌŋk ʃən /

noun

an act of anointing, especially as a medical treatment or religious rite.
an unguent or ointment; salve.
something soothing or comforting.
an excessive, affected, sometimes cloying earnestness or fervor in manner, especially in speaking.
Religion.
  1. the oil used in religious rites, as in anointing the sick or dying.
  2. the shedding of a divine or spiritual influence upon a person.
  3. the influence shed.
  4. extreme unction.
the manifestation of spiritual or religious inspiration.

Nearby words

  1. uncrossed,
  2. uncrowded,
  3. uncrown,
  4. uncrowned,
  5. unctad,
  6. unctious,
  7. unctuarium,
  8. unctuosity,
  9. unctuous,
  10. unctuously

Origin of unction

1350–1400; Middle English unctioun < Latin ūnctiōn (stem of ūnctiō) anointing, besmearing, equivalent to ūnct(us) (past participle of ung(u)ere to smear, anoint) + -iōn- -ion

Related formsunc·tion·less, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for unction

unction

/ (ˈʌŋkʃən) /

noun

mainly RC Church Eastern Churches the act of anointing with oil in sacramental ceremonies, in the conferring of holy orders
excessive suavity or affected charm
an ointment or unguent
anything soothing or comforting
Derived Formsunctionless, adjective

Word Origin for unction

C14: from Latin unctiō an anointing, from ungere to anoint; see unguent

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Word Origin and History for unction

unction

n.

late 14c., "act of anointing as a religious rite," from Latin unctionem (nominative unctio) "anointing," from unctus, past participle of ungere "to anoint" (see unguent).

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Medicine definitions for unction

unction

[ ŭngkshən ]

n.

The action of applying or rubbing with an ointment or oil.

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