- the act of anointing, as in medical treatment or a religious ceremony
- the oil, ointment, etc. used for this
- anything that soothes or comforts
- a fervent or earnest quality or manner of speaking or behaving, esp. in dealing with religious matters
- pretended or affected fervor or earnestness in speech or manner; unctuous quality
Origin of unctionMiddle English unccioun from Classical Latin unctio from ung(u)ere, to anoint: see unguent
- The act of anointing as part of a religious, ceremonial, or healing ritual.
- An ointment or oil; a salve.
- Something that serves to soothe; a balm.
- Affected or exaggerated earnestness, especially in choice and use of language.
Origin of unctionMiddle English from Latin ūnctiō ūnctiōn- from ūnctus past participle of unguere to anoint