transitive verb Etymology: Middle English, from Anglo-French enoint, past participle of enoindre, from Latin inunguere, from in- + unguere to smear — more at ointment Date: 14th century 1. to smear or rub with oil or an oily substance 2. a. to apply oil to as a sacred rite especially for consecration b. to choose by or as if by divine election; also to designate as if by a ritual anointment <
critics anointed the author as the bright new talent
anointer nounanointment noun

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


Look at other dictionaries:

  • Anoint — A*noint ([.a]*noint ), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Anointed}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Anointing}.] [OF. enoint, p. p. of enoindre, fr. L. inungere; in + ungere, unguere, to smear, anoint. See {Ointment}, {Unguent}.] 1. To smear or rub over with oil or an… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anoint — anoint; anoint·ment; dis·anoint; …   English syllables

  • anoint — (v.) c.1300 (implied in anointing), from O.Fr. enoint smeared on, pp. of enoindre smear on, from L. inunguere to anoint, from in on + unguere to smear (see UNGUENT (Cf. unguent)). Originally in reference to grease or oil smeared on for medicinal… …   Etymology dictionary

  • Anoint — A*noint , p. p. Anointed. [Obs.] Chaucer. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • anoint — index drug Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • anoint — *oil, cream, grease, lubricate …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • anoint — [v] bless, usually with oil or water bless, consecrate, daub, embrocate, grease, hallow, rub, sanctify, smear; concept 367 …   New thesaurus

  • anoint — ► VERB 1) smear or rub with oil, especially as part of a religious ceremony. 2) ceremonially confer office on (a priest or monarch) by anointing them. ORIGIN Old French enoindre, from Latin inungere …   English terms dictionary

  • anoint — [ə noint′] vt. [ME anointen < OFr enoindre < L inunguere < in , on + unguere, to smear: see UNGUENT] 1. to rub oil or ointment on 2. to put oil on in a ceremony of consecration anointer n. anointment n …   English World dictionary

  • Anoint —    The practice of anointing with perfumed oil was common among the Hebrews.    1) The act of anointing was significant of consecration to a holy or sacred use; hence the anointing of the high priest (Ex. 29:29; Lev. 4:3) and of the sacred… …   Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • anoint — UK [əˈnɔɪnt] / US verb [transitive] Word forms anoint : present tense I/you/we/they anoint he/she/it anoints present participle anointing past tense anointed past participle anointed 1) to put oil on a part of someone s body in a religious… …   English dictionary

Share the article and excerpts

Direct link
Do a right-click on the link above
and select “Copy Link”