Unction

Unc"tion

(?), n. [OE. unccioun, uncioun, OF. oncion, onction, F. onction, fr. L. unctio, fr. ungere, unctum, to anoint. See Unguent.] 1. The act of anointing, smearing, or rubbing with an unguent, oil, or ointment, especially for medical purposes, or as a symbol of consecration; as, mercurial unction.
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To be heir, and to be king
By sacred unction, thy deserved right.
Milton.
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2. That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; hence, anything soothing or lenitive.
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The king himself the sacred unction made.
Dryden.
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Lay not that flattering unction to your soul.
Shak.
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3. Divine or sanctifying grace. [R.]
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4. That quality in language, address, or the like, which excites emotion; especially, strong devotion; religious fervor and tenderness; sometimes, a simulated, factitious, or unnatural fervor.
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The delightful equivoque and unction of the passage in Farquhar.
Hazlitt.
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The mention of thy glory
Is unction to the breast.
Neale (Rhythm of St. Bernard).
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Extreme unction (R. C. Ch. & Gr. Ch.), the sacrament of anointing in the last hours; the application of consecrated oil by a priest to all the senses, that is, to eyes, ears, nostrils, etc., of a person when in danger of death from illness, -- done for remission of sins. [James v. 14, 15.]
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