unction

  • 1 Unction — Unc tion, n. [OE. unccioun, uncioun, OF. oncion, onction, F. onction, fr. L. unctio, fr. ungere, unctum, to anoint. See {Unguent}.] 1. The act of anointing, smearing, or rubbing with an unguent, oil, or ointment, especially for medical purposes,… …

    The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • 2 Unction — (v. lat.), Salbung, Heiligung. Unctores, Sklaven der Römer, welche in den Bädern die Herren salbten; auch so v.w. Aliptä. Unctuarium (Unctorium), das Salbzimmer in Bädern, s.u. Bad III …

    Pierer's Universal-Lexikon

  • 3 unction — (n.) late 14c., act of anointing as a religious rite, from L. unctionem (nom. unctio) anointing, from unctus, pp. of ungere to anoint (see UNGUENT (Cf. unguent)) …

    Etymology dictionary

  • 4 unction — ► NOUN 1) formal the anointing of someone with oil or ointment as a religious rite or as a symbol of investiture as a monarch. 2) excessive or ingratiating politeness or effusiveness. ORIGIN Latin, from unguere anoint …

    English terms dictionary

  • 5 unction — [uŋk′shən] n. [ME unccioun < L unctio < ungere, to anoint: see UNGUENT] 1. a) the act of anointing, as in medical treatment or a religious ceremony b) the oil, ointment, etc. used for this 2. anything that soothes or comforts 3 …

    English World dictionary

  • 6 unction — n. (rel.) 1) to give unction 2) to receive unction 3) Extreme Unction USAGE NOTE: The term Anointing of the Sick is now preferred to Extreme Unction. * * * [ ʌŋkʃ(ə)n] (rel.) to give unction to receive unction Extreme Unction (USAGE NOTE: The… …

    Combinatory dictionary

  • 7 unction — Synonyms and related words: Tartuffery, Tartuffism, affectation, anointment, balm, balsam, brilliantine, cant, cerate, chrism, chrismal, chrismation, chrismatory, chrisom, cold cream, collyrium, cream, demulcent, embrocation, emollient, extreme… …

    Moby Thesaurus

  • 8 unction — unctionless, adj. /ungk sheuhn/, n. 1. an act of anointing, esp. as a medical treatment or religious rite. 2. an unguent or ointment; salve. 3. something soothing or comforting. 4. an excessive, affected, sometimes cloying earnestness or fervor… …

    Universalium

  • 9 unction — noun Etymology: Middle English unccioun, from Anglo French, from Latin unction , unctio, from unguere to anoint more at ointment Date: 14th century 1. the act of anointing as a rite of consecration or healing 2. something used for anointing ;… …

    New Collegiate Dictionary

  • 10 unction — noun a) a salve or ointment b) a religious or ceremonial anointing See Also: extreme unction, Anointing of the Sick …

    Wiktionary

  • 11 unction — unc|tion [ ʌŋkʃən ] noun uncount extreme unction a ceremony in the Catholic Church for someone who is dying. The priest puts special oil on the sick person s head while praying for them …

    Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • 12 unction — [14] Unction was borrowed from Latin unctiō, a derivative of unguere ‘anoint’ (source also of English unguent [15]). This was descended from the same prehistoric ancestor as produced Welsh ymenyn ‘butter’. Unctuous [14], from the medieval Latin… …

    The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

  • 13 Unction —    The anointing with oil. This can take place at Baptism, Confirmation, at the coronation of a monarch and when visiting the terminally ill. Extreme unction is regarded as one of the seven Sacraments …

    Who’s Who in Christianity

  • 14 unction — [ ʌŋ(k)ʃ(ə)n] noun 1》 formal the action of anointing someone with oil or ointment as a religious rite or as a symbol of investiture as a monarch.     ↘short for extreme unction. 2》 archaic treatment with a medicinal oil or ointment.     ↘an… …

    English new terms dictionary

  • 15 Unction — the sacrament of absolution of sins performed by a priest for a person who is sick or at the point of death, sometimes called extreme unction ; can also be used more generally for any rite which entails anointing with oil for religious purposes …

    Medieval glossary

  • 16 unction — UK [ˈʌŋkʃ(ə)n] / US [ˈʌŋkʃən] noun [uncountable] extreme unction …

    English dictionary

  • 17 unction — [14] Unction was borrowed from Latin unctiō, a derivative of unguere ‘anoint’ (source also of English unguent [15]). This was descended from the same prehistoric ancestor as produced Welsh ymenyn ‘butter’. Unctuous [14], from the medieval Latin… …

    Word origins

  • 18 unction — The action of anointing or rubbing with an ointment or oil. [L. unctio, fr. ungo, pp. unctus, to anoint] * * * unc·tion əŋ(k) shən n 1) the application of a soothing or lubricating oil or ointment 2) something that is used for anointing: OINTMENT …

    Medical dictionary

  • 19 Unction —    (1 John 2:20, 27; R.V., anointing ). Kings, prophets, and priests were anointed, in token of receiving divine grace. All believers are, in a secondary sense, what Christ was in a primary sense, the Lord s anointed …

    Easton's Bible Dictionary

  • 20 Unction —    See Anointing the Sick …

    American Church Dictionary and Cyclopedia