Definitions for unctionˈʌŋk ʃən

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. unction, smarm, fulsomeness(noun)

    excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm

  2. fulsomeness, oiliness, oleaginousness, smarminess, unctuousness, unction(noun)

    smug self-serving earnestness

  3. ointment, unction, unguent, balm, salve(noun)

    semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation

  4. unction, inunction(noun)

    anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual


  1. unction(Noun)

    a salve or ointment

  2. unction(Noun)

    a religious or ceremonial anointing

  3. unction(Noun)

    a balm or something that soothes

  4. unction(Noun)

    a smug, exaggerated use of language; smarminess

Webster Dictionary

  1. Unction(noun)

    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 unction

  2. Unction(noun)

    that which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; hence, anything soothing or lenitive

  3. Unction(noun)

    divine or sanctifying grace

  4. Unction(noun)

    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

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From our Multilingual Translation Dictionary

  • αλοιφή, χρίσμαGreek
  • unciónSpanish
  • voitelu, liukkaus, palsami, voide, liukaskielisyysFinnish
  • onctionFrench
  • елей, мазь, помазаниеRussian

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