- consecrated oil used in baptism and other sacraments
- a sacramental anointing with this oil
Origin of chrismMiddle English crisme ; from Old English crisma ; from Ecclesiastical Late Latin chrisma, an anointing, unction ; from Gr, oil (in Ec use, anointing) ; from chriein, to rub, anoint: see Christ
- A consecrated mixture of oil and balsam, used for anointing in church sacraments such as baptism and confirmation. Also called holy oil.
- A sacramental anointing, especially upon confirmation into the Eastern Orthodox Church.
Origin of chrismMiddle English crisme, chrism, chrisom, from Old English crisma, from Latin chr&imacron;sma, from Greek khr&imacron;sma, an anointing, from khr&imacron;ein, to anoint; see ghr&emacron;i- in Indo-European roots.
From Medieval Latin crisma, from Ecclesiastical Latin chrisma, from Ancient Greek χρῖσμα (khrisma, “anointing”, “unction”), from χρίω (khriō, “anoint”).