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Definitions for unction
ˈʌŋk ʃənunc·tion

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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

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Unction

    ungk′shun, n. an anointing: that which is used for anointing: ointment: that quality in language which raises emotion or devotion: warmth of address: divine or sanctifying grace.—n. Unctūos′ity, state or quality of being unctuous: oiliness: greasiness.—adj. Unc′tūous, oily: greasy.—adv. Unc′tūously.—n. Unc′tūousness, unctuosity.—Extreme unction (R.C. Church), the sacrament of anointing persons with consecrated oil in their last hours. [L. unctiounguĕre, unctum, to anoint.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of unction in Chaldean Numerology is: 4

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of unction in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of unction in a Sentence

  1. Hazlitt:

    The most silent people are generally those who think most highly of themselves. They fancy themselves superior to every one else, and, not being sure of making good their secret pretensions, decline entering the lists altogether. Thus they ?lay the flattering unction to their souls? that they could have said better things than others, or that the conversation was beneath them.

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