chrism

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A jar containing chrism (consecrated oil)
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Etymology[edit]

From Medieval Latin crisma, from Ecclesiastical Latin chrisma, from Ancient Greek χρῖσμα (khrîsma, anointing”, “unction), from χρίω (khríō, anoint).

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Particularly: "UK"

Noun[edit]

chrism (countable and uncountable, plural chrisms)

  1. A mixture of oil and balm, consecrated for use as an anointing fluid in certain Christian ceremonies, especially confirmation.
    • 1982, A. G. Dickens, Reformation Studies, page 305, footnote,
      I observe no confirmation of this reversal and Pole specifically restored chrisms in 1555 (Cardwell, op. cit. i. 147).
    • 1984, Anthony Burgess, Enderby's Dark Lady:
      ‘The King,’ Will cried, ‘is my master and bathed in the chrism of the Lord God.’
    • 1986, Thomas G. Pavel, Fictional Worlds[1], page 111:
      For Christian examples of condensed symbols, consider the sacraments, particularly the Eucharist and the Chrisms.
    • 2000, Joseph O'Neill, The Black Shore[2], page 62:
      He was more dangerous than the plump satisfied ones, he was so sure of the value of his witchcraft, the holy oils and chrisms and unctions.
    • 2002, Colin Jones, The Great Nation, Penguin 2003, p. 8:
      Miraculously moist, the chrism was kept in an ampulla in Reims cathedral where the coronations of the kings of France were held.

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