Definition of unction noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈʌŋkʃn//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈʌŋkʃn//
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  1. 1the act of pouring oil on somebody’s head or another part of their body as part of an important religious ceremony see also extreme unction
  2. 2(formal, disapproving) behaviour or speech that is not sincere and that expresses too much praise or admiration of somebody
  3. Word Originlate Middle English: from Latin unctio(n-), from unguere ‘anoint’. Sense (2) arises from the link between religious fervour and “anointing” with the Holy Spirit.
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