Etymology
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anoint (v.)

mid-14c., enointen, "pour oil upon, smear with ointment," from Old French enoint "smeared on," past participle of enoindre "smear on," from Latin inunguere "to anoint," from in- "in, into" (see in) + unguere "to smear" (see unguent (n.)).

Forms in a- by late 14c. Originally in reference to grease or oil smeared on for medicinal purposes; its use in the Coverdale Bible in reference to Christ (as in The Lord's Anointed; see chrism) has spiritualized the word. Related: Anointed; anointing (c. 1300 as a verbal noun).

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Definitions of anoint

anoint (v.)
choose by or as if by divine intervention;
She was anointed the head of the Christian fundamentalist group
anoint (v.)
administer an oil or ointment to; often in a religious ceremony of blessing;
Synonyms: inunct / oil / anele / embrocate
From wordnet.princeton.edu