Etymology
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unction (n.)

"act of anointing as a religious rite," late 14c., from Latin unctionem (nominative unctio) "anointing," from unctus, past participle of ungere "to anoint" (see unguent).

updated on February 25, 2014

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Definitions of unction from WordNet

unction (n.)
excessive but superficial compliments given with affected charm;
Synonyms: smarm / fulsomeness
unction (n.)
smug self-serving earnestness;
Synonyms: fulsomeness / oiliness / oleaginousness / smarminess / unctuousness
unction (n.)
semisolid preparation (usually containing a medicine) applied externally as a remedy or for soothing an irritation;
Synonyms: ointment / unguent / balm / salve
unction (n.)
anointing as part of a religious ceremony or healing ritual;
Synonyms: inunction
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