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Definition of unction:

  1. Divine or sanctifying grace.
  2. 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.
  3. That which is used for anointing; an unguent; an ointment; hence, anything soothing or lenitive.
  4. 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.


sacrament, oil, smarm, oleaginousness, ointment, emollient, fulsomeness, cream, blessing, balm, unctuousness, oiliness, inunction, greasiness, unguent, salve, smarminess, liniment.

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