Definitions for unctionˈʌŋk ʃən

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

unc•tionˈʌŋk ʃən(n.)

  1. the act of anointing, esp. as a medical treatment or religious rite.

  2. the oil used in religious rites, as in anointing the sick or dying.

  3. something soothing or comforting.

  4. an affected or excessive earnestness in manner or utterance; unctuousness.

Origin of unction:

1350–1400; ME < L ūnctiō, der. of ungu(ere) to smear, anoint

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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