unction

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unction (countable and uncountable, 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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