Hyper Dictionary

English Dictionary Computer Dictionary Video Dictionary Thesaurus Dream Dictionary Medical Dictionary

Search Dictionary:  

Meaning of UNCTION

Pronunciation:  'ungkshun

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual
  2. [n]  semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation
  3. [n]  smug self-serving earnestness
  4. [n]  excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm

UNCTION is a 7 letter word that starts with U.


 Synonyms: balm, fulsomeness, fulsomeness, inunction, oiliness, ointment, oleaginousness, salve, smarm, smarminess, unctuousness, unguent
 See Also: anointing, anointment, arnica, baby oil, balsam, carron oil, cerate, chrism, chrisom, compliment, curative, cure, holy oil, hypocrisy, lanolin, lip balm, mentholated salve, mercurial ointment, religious ceremony, religious ritual, remedy, sacramental oil, wool fat, wool grease, zinc ointment



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\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, or as a symbol of consecration; as, mercurial

         To be heir, and to be king By sacred unction, thy
         deserved right.                       --Milton.

2. That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment;
   hence, anything soothing or lenitive.

         The king himself the sacred unction made. --Dryden.

         Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.

3. Divine or sanctifying grace. [R.]

4. That quality in language, address, or the like, which
   excites emotion; especially, strong devotion; religious
   fervor and tenderness; sometimes, a simulated, factitious,
   or unnatural fervor.

         The delightful equivoque and unction of the passage
         in Farquhar.                          --Hazlitt.

         The mention of thy glory Is unction to the breast.
                                               (Rhythm of St.

{Extreme unction} (R. C. Ch. & Gr. Ch.), the sacrament of
   anointing in the last hours; the application of
   consecrated oil by a priest to all the senses, that is, to
   eyes, ears, nostrils, etc., of a person when in danger of
   death from illness, -- done for remission of sins. [James
   v. 14, 15.]

Easton Bible Dictionary

(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."