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

     

    unction

     noun
    noun
    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 Origin late 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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