unction

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unction (plural unctions)

  1. a salve or ointment
    • Dryden
      The king himself the sacred unction made.
  2. a religious or ceremonial anointing
    • Milton
      To be heir, and to be king / By sacred unction, thy deserved right.
  3. a balm or something that soothes
  4. a smug, exaggerated use of language; smarminess
  5. divine or sanctifying grace

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