- 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.
Origin of unction
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
British Dictionary definitions for unction
Word Origin for unction
Word Origin and History for unction
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).